"It gives people, who live in such a busy world, a chance to show their feeling towards those they care about and are thankful towards," says Hyejeong Kim in grade eleven.
February 14th is known world-wide as Valentine’s Day. Valentine’s Day is the globally celebrated day of love, romance, and giving your lover sweet gifts, or candy grams that I had to package. However, where exactly did this day of chocolate sales and proposals come from?
Back in Ancient Rome, Emperor Claudius II banned all marriages because he believed that unwed soldiers were the best for combat. This would allow soldiers to have less fear during battle, because they would not have children and wives to worry about back home. However, despite the warning of the Emperor himself, St. Valentine, a Roman Catholic Priest, secretly managed illegal weddings. After being caught during his act, he was then sentenced to death. While in jail, St. Valentine healed the jailer's daughter and left a letter for her on the day of his execution that read "from your Valentine," which would then become the iconic phrase for love letters on Valentine's Day. After the death of St. Valentine, a Pope of the Roman Catholic Church named Gelasius then declared February 14th, the day of St. Valentine’s death, as the day to honor St. Valentine.
Eventually, this day became a day to express love and fall into the depths of romance, changing it into the Valentine’s Day we know of today. Valentine's message that love cannot be stopped, even by the law, creates the theme of Valentine's Day: to express love, even if it may seem impossible. Even In BIS, students celebrate Valentine's day by sending each other Candy Grams, and letters. Although Valentine’s Day is the tragic day of St. Valentine’s death, the day is now the day of love and to remember what he died for.