"St. Valentine's Day, as we know it today, contains vestiges of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition."
"One legend contends that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men—his crop of potential soldiers. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine's actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death."
"While some believe that Valentine's Day is celebrated in the middle of February to commemorate the anniversary of Valentine''s death or burial—which probably occurred around 270 A.D—others claim that the Christian church may have decided to celebrate Valentine''s feast day in the middle of February in an effort to ''christianize'' celebrations of the pagan Lupercalia festival." (Source: The History Channel, The History of Valentine's Day)Happy Valentine's Day from Shabot!