Who was Valentine? • Valentine was a Christian priest who lived in Ancient Rome. • In 270 AD, the Emperor Claudius II forbade marriage because he wanted men to be able to concentrate on war; not on their loved ones. • Valentine carried on celebrating weddings of marrying couples; but only couples he thought were truly in love. • Emperor Claudius found out and Valentine was executed on the 14th February 270 AD. Why Cupid? During ages this Roman holiday of love has been associated with Cupid. In Roman mythology, Cupid, the son of Venus is the god of desire, affection and love. CARDS Sending a Valentine’s card to a loved one is a custom that started more than a century ago. Couples give cards to each other, but it is also traditional to send an anonymous card to anyone you secretly love. FLOWERS AND CHOCOLATES As well as cards, February 14th is also a day for giving gifts. Traditionally, men and women give chocolates or flowers to their “Valentine”. Mobile Love Texting your Valentine message is an easy (although maybe not very romantic!) option. Valentine’s Day text messages include: WUBMV : will you be my Valentine Xoxoxoxoxo: hugs and kisses LUWAM<3: love you with all my heart ImRdy4Luv: I’m ready for love :’-) I’m so happy, I’m crying ILUVU: I love you WHEN IS IT CELEBRATED?