VALENTINE THE SAINT AND THE CHOCOLATE
I don't know why we give out chocolates on Valentine's or the connection between the 14 of February and cocoa beans. At first, I thought that maybe chocolate was discovered on that date and remained embedded in the minds of those in love, but after some research, I realized that the two have nothing in common, but maybe a little history could make it entertaining. Saint Valentine was born around 176 BC, chosen as archbishop at the age of 26 for the city of Terni in Umbria. He was continuously persecuted by the Roman emperor Aureliano because of his strong faith and disciplined belief and eventually murdered in the year 273. YouThe Saint's remains rest in a silver statue inside his basilica located at the outskirt of the city of Terni. Pn the bottom of the glass chest, a logo reads: "San Valentino patron of love." Many legends surround the saga of the Saint. One of them cites a quarrel between two young lovers walking by the Saint's garden. After a moment of pause, he offered a rose to the couple, suggesting them to squeeze the stem and puncture their fingers. At the sight of blood, the Saint smiled and calmly said: "cor Unum"…..united at heart through the blood. The couple eventually came back months later and asked the Saint to marry them, which he did. The date of the matrimony, the 14 of February, remained forever the celebration of Valentine.
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