Valentine’s Day became an official English holiday in this year.
In 1537, King Henry VII declared February 14, St. Valentine’s Day, as a holiday in England. The day’s origins lie in Rome’s pagan festival Lupercalia, but in 496 Pope Gelasius I declared Feb. 14 a Christian feast day honoring St. Valentine. In 1601, Shakespeare mentioned St. Valentine’s Day in his play Hamlet.
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