Valentine’s Day

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Leigha Dowell, reporter

Emperor Claudius II executed two men — both named Valentine — on Feb. 14 of different years in the 3rd century A.D. Their martyrdom was honored by the Catholic Church with the celebration of St. Valentine’s Day.

Cupid — the winged baby that carries a golden bow and arrows — is one of the most famous symbols of Valentine’s Day. His image, or sometimes one of a heart pierced by one of his arrows, is used to symbolize love.

St. Valentine’s Day is an annual festival to celebrate romantic love, friendship, and admiration. Every year on the 14th of February, people celebrate this day by sending messages of love and affection to partners, family, and friends.