Valentine’s Day FAQs


Today, on February 14, the world celebrates Valentine’s Day, including in our country Indonesia. Although there is no official date, many people make it a moment to show affection to their closest loved ones. 

Valentine’s Day is synonymous with the day of love. In many places around the world, candies, flowers, and gifts are exchanged between loved ones, be it spouses, best friends, siblings, and other relatives.

However, do you know the origin of Valentine’s Day?

According to, Valentine’s Day originated from the Roman festival Lupercalia, which was held in mid-February. The festival celebrated the arrival of spring, including fertility ceremonies and the pairing of women with men.

It began in the late 5th century, when Pope Gelasius I banned the celebration of Lupercalia, and replaced it with Valentine’s Day.  

While the feast of Lupercalia is known as a common ritual in the 3rd century AD. At that time, Emperor Claudius II had ordered Saint Valentine, a priest who helped Christian couples in marriage, to be executed. 

Emperor Claudius II was against the marriage of single men and ordered that Saint Valentine be beheaded. The execution took place on February 14. It is also said that on that day, he was caring for the jailer’s blind daughter, and even wrote a card that read ‘from your Valentine.’ 

In the 5th century, Pope Gelasius banished the pagan ritual of Lupercalia and merged it with Valentine’s Day. Once the pagan rituals were gone, Valentine’s Day grew into a more romanticized way of life.

Later, the festival became so full of love and intimacy that today it is celebrated every February 14 as Valentine’s Day. Well, that’s about the history of Valentine’s Day. 

What’s your best Valentine’s Day moment? Let’s always share love with those around us!

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