St. Valentine By Brendan Wentworth and Joe ParodI

He was born in 176 AD in the city of Terni, in Umbria, Italy.

During his life, he was once on house arrest with a man named Judge Asterius. The judge presented St. Valentine with his blind daughter. He told St. Valentine that if he restored her sight, the judge would do anything for him. St. Valentine put his hands on the child's eyes and restored her vision. Judge Asterius broke all the idols in his house, fasted for three days, and became baptized with his family and whole household.

According to a different legend, while he was imprisoned, he healed the jailor's blind daughter. On the day of his execution, he left the girl a note signed "Your Valentine."

He was executed on February 14, 273 AD in Rome for not renouncing his faith of Christianity. He was buried in Dublin, Ireland.

The reason there is such a romantic aura around Valentine's Day may lie in the Middle Ages. It was believed that birds paired couples in mid-February.

Valentine's Day was most likely created to overpower the pagan holiday, Lupercalia. Lupercalia was a holiday to prevent evil spirits and purify a city. It was based on the Roman God, Lupercus and is celebrated on the same day that they founded his temple.

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