Valentine’s Day is a holiday that prompts either intense passion or cold indifference without any gray area in between. People either use the holiday to proclaim their love on this special day or spend the day alone, waiting for the all of chocolate to go on sale. Regardless of how it is celebrated, this holiday has greatly changed from a pagan tradition, to a religious holy day, and finally, to a commercialized holiday used to sell copious amounts of chocolate.
Despite the diapered Cupids and his arrows of love that cover every Valentine’s card, this celebration of romance did not begin with the Greek god of love. True to its name, Valentine’s Day actually originated with the Catholic saint, Valentine of Rome, who was neither a winged baby nor an attractive suitor.