The story of Valentine and how it started; It's based in the third century in Rome. Saint Valentine was a priest who used to solemnize marriages in Rome which was ruled by Emperor Claudius.
The emperor was anti marriage and passed a law to that effect, as he felt more people would volunteer to join the army if they weren't married.
Nobody supported this crazy law, and neither did St.Valantine. He secretly got the willing couples married off.
One night while getting one such loving couple secretly married he was caught and sentenced to death. There was tremendous revolt amongst the people who chanted slogans in his support, threw flowers towards his prison window, and generally lined up to meet him in jail.
The prison guard who was guarding him had a beautiful daughter who used to come to jail to meet St. Valentine, and had taken a liking for him. She used to come and sit for hours in the jail with him, bolster up his spirits and agreed with his views of opposing the Emperor.
On the day St Valentine was to die, he wrote a note for his secret lady love and sympathizer before he was executed, which read, - 'Love from your Valentine'.
This note started the festival of exchanging love messages and cards all over the world. The day it was written - 14th February 269 - AD.
The love notes are an expression of love, friendship, hope and anger against people like the Emperor Claudius, who opposed love. Even today, when two people in love want to meet, there are several roadblocks standing in their way.
Down with the Claudius and Cheers for Valentines'
Happy Valentine Day to all.