This Is How Valentine’s Day Came to Be

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The holiday’s history is complicated—just like your relationship status.

What do 3rd-century beheadings, a rowdy fertility festival, and the start of birds’ mating season all have in common? Valentine’s Day, of course! It turns out that the day of love and waxy, heart-shaped chocolates has origins that are a little more complicated—and a lot less Hallmark—than we thought.

 

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