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Written By ZoelBathosai krewak on Senin, Februari 14, 2011 | 11:05 AM

Some people have made the culture of Valentine's Day as a habit. However, do you know the origins of Valentine's Day is it? Consider the following.

One legend describes the priest Valentine who lived in the third century in Rome. Roman Emperor Claudius II, military build upon it and thought single men would be a good soldier. To build a strong army, the emperor forbade young men to marry.

Prohibition of affection is not fair, then Valentine's secret marriage ceremonies. When caught, the legendary love priest sentenced to death. Tragically, the priest was beheaded in public for refusing to denounce the name of Christ. February 14 defined the church as a day to honor the heroic life.
According to assistant vice president of Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia Philip Florio, a name not associated with a romantic Valentine's Day and love till the 14th century when Geoffrey Chaucer enter into the St. Valentine's Day love poem 'The Parliament of Fowls'. The next Valentine's Day was associated with heroism and romantic love for centuries.

Flowers, candy and greeting cards help men and women express their love for each other. In 1868, Richard Cadbury chocolate boxes released first Valentine's Day, followed in 1902 with 'conversation' first heart of New England Confectionery Company. In 1840, Esther A. Howland created the first commercial valentines in the United States (U.S.).

In 1913, Hallmark Company produces the first Valentine card. According to the National Retail Federation (NRF) in 2011, the average consumer spends U.S. $ 116 (USD 1 million) and is expected to reach U.S. $ 15.7 billion (USD 140 trillion) for Valentine's Day. Greeting cards still remain a popular choice, accounting for nearly 55% of gift Valentine's Day greeting card that followed there were candy and flowers.

What about your Valentine's Day?

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