There are various theories on the origin of Valentine’s Day, but the most popular dates back to the time of the Roman Empire during the reign of Claudius II, 270 AD. Claudius didn’t want men to marry during wartime because he believed single men made better soldiers. Bishop Valentine went against his wishes and performed secret wedding ceremonies.
For this Valentine was jailed and the executed by order of the Emperor on February the 14th. While in jail he wrote a love note to the jailor’s daughter signing it; From your Valentine.
Scandinavians don’t have a tradition for celebrating Valentine’s day, but who can resist celebrating love?
I have a few romantic surprises for my loved one today… What are your plans for the day?
Valentines cards and paperart from the London based Norwegian designer Anja Fallan.