Anyone in a romantic relationship on Valentine’s Day is aware of the pitfalls surrounding it. Considering Saint Valentine is the patron saint of beekeepers, it’s appropriate that it’s a holiday filled with sticky situations.
St. Valentine’s Day began as a Christian celebration of at least three different men named Valentine who were martyred during the beginning of the first century AD. There are few records of these men outside of their persecution by Roman emperors, but two were priests executed after being forced to make an impossible choice between denouncing their faith or losing their lives. Their stories were so similar they were eventually combined into a kind of amalgam saint, their date of death given as February 14 because that’s when a third Saint Valentine was beheaded.