Love is in the air
Published 14/02/2012 | 05:00
For most people, St Valentine's day is a day of affections and confections, a day of kisses, chocolate and flowers. But just as Christmas is about more than gifts, so too does Valentine's Day have a deeper meaning.
The true romance of the celebration begins with the legend of St Valentine in roughly 270AD.
St Valentine was a holy priest who was arrested and imprisoned for marrying Christian couples and for aiding Christians who were being persecuted during the reign of Claudius the Goth (Claudius II). He was brought to prison, where he was tortured in an attempt to make him renounce his Christian faith. When Valentine instead tried to convert Claudius, he was executed outside the Flaminian Gate on February 14, about the year 270.