It is only some legends that are our source for the history of Valentine's Day. Valentine's Day celebrations are said to have been derived from both ancient Christian and Roman tradition.As per one legend, the holiday has originated from the ancient Roman festival of Lupercalis/Lupercalia, a fertility celebration that used to observed annually on February 15.Naturally, more and more capable men were required to to be recruited as soldiers and officers to protect the nation from takeover.When Claudius became the emperor, he felt that married men were more emotionally attached to their families, and thus, will not make good soldiers. So he issued an edict forbidding marriage to assure quality soldiers.The Catholic legend has it that Valentine did this through the vehicle of his strong faith, a phenomenon refuted by the Protestant version which agrees otherwise with the Catholic one.Whatever the fact, it appears that Valentine in some way did succeed to help Asterius' blind daughter.Both versions agree upon Saint Valentine being a bishop who held secret marriage ceremonies of soldiers in opposition to Claudius II who had prohibited marriage for young men and was executed by the latter.
But they dared not voice their protest against the mighty emperor.
The kindly bishop Valentine also realized the injustice of the decree.
He saw the trauma of young lovers who gave up all hopes of being united in marriage.
The Roman empire faced crisis from all sides, from the Gauls, Slavs, Huns, Turks and Mongolians from Northern Europe and Asia.
The empire had grown too large to be shielded from external aggression and internal chaos with existing forces.