|Many of us think of February as a month associated with romance.
There are different stories about who was St Valentine. One is that in the 3rd century the Emperor of Rome believed single men performed better as soldiers than married ones. A priest named Valentine did not agree and secretly continued to marry couples. When his actions were discovered by the Emperor he was put to death.
Valentine greetings go back as far as the middle ages with written valentines appearing after 1400. One surviving poem was from Charles, Duke of Orleans in 1415. The poet, Chaucer, in the middle ages was the first to link St Valentine with romantic love with his poem, The Parliament of Fowls.
Have you heard that in some parts of the world Valentine's Day is observed as a day for expressing love between family members and friends, rather than that of romantic couples?