That Valentine's day originated in Europe seems to be a commonly held belief, but the details as to the origins of this day are somewhat obscure. Most people believe it is the day of the Roman priest St Valentinus, who lived in the Third Century after Christ. He looked after the elderly, the ill and needy, and legend has it, married Christians. This last act is what got Emperor Claudius II upset. He had the priest tortured and eventually he was beheaded on the 14th of February. Hence the day is known as Valentine's day.
Two English eighteenth-century antiquarians have instead proposed that Valentine's Day was created by priests and monks as an attempt to supersede the pagan holiday of Lupercalia, a feast honouring the god of fertility.
Meet our winner, John Pardo Valencia from Colombia. He was selected by our panel as the winner of our Christmas carol competition and won a digital video camera.
MyHeritage: John how did you feel when you were announced as the winner of our Christmas carol competition?
John: I could not believe it! I felt like it came from the sky. I lost my last camera when I was travelling in India last year. I always wanted to buy another one and was saving towards that goal. Winning this competition has come at just the right time, the camera is brilliant. It is one of my best christmas presents!
MyHeritage: What have you been using it for?