Why Is Valentine's Day so Important?


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The importance of Valentine’s Day lies in the fact that it celebrates love. It is a day of romance and for forming relationships that can last a lifetime. For many, it provides a nice contrast to the hatred and violence rampant in society.

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Legend has it that in 269 A.D., the Roman Emperor Claudius abolished the system of marriage, as he felt that married men made bad soldiers. A priest named St. Valentine helped young lovers get married, and for this, he was executed. He became a martyr for love, and ever since, Feb. 14 is celebrated as Valentine’s Day, a day of love and romance. It was toward the end of the 19th century that people began to celebrate Valentine’s Day all over the world.

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