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Saint Valentine

Valentin of Terni was born in Terni in 226 A.D. and died in Rome on 14 February 269, his name meaning the strong.

According to tradition, Valentin was a poor, honourable priest who is said to have healed a blind girl.

He gave a flower from his garden to those seeking help and comfort. Despite a ban by Emperor Claudius II, he married lovers according to Christian rites and helped in partnership crises, which is why he was beheaded.

The custom of celebrating Valentine’s Day as Lovers’ Day goes back to the feast day for the Roman goddess Juno, because the mating season of birds begins in mid-February.

Juno, the protector of marriage and family, was sacrificed flowers on this day. The women were also given flowers on this day.

Saint Valentine

Saint Valentine reliquary in Santa Maria in Cosmedin (Rome)