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February 13, 2013

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With so many different stories it is virtually impossible to find a clear origin of St Valentine’s Day. We do know it was officially listed in the Christian calendar by the Pope Gelasius, around 500 AD.

The Church was not very happy with the pagan celebration of fertility, the festival Lupercalia and introduced St Valentine. Dealing with roses, the birds and the bees, he was up to the task. From then on, St Valentine was the one to mark the start of spring and bird courtship. Even removal from the Roman Catholic calendar could not harm his popularity. In 1969 Pope Paul VI replaced him with Sts Cyril and Methodius, but St Valentine’s Day lives on.

Today, Valentine brings 15 billion $ in the US alone. However, it is still the day we celebrate love and there is no gift as a Valentine’s kiss, which should bring us good luck for a whole year.

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