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So I've finally found about the lives of St. Valentine and St.… - Speak Friend and Enter
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So I've finally found about the lives of St. Valentine and St. Patrick, for which we have holidays on the calendar. I seriously don't understand why they have their own recognized holidays, but hey, Hallmark is sure happy about it.

Anyway, St. Valentine wasn't anything special. There is an old belief that birds are supposed to pair on Feb. 14th, and also there is an old tradition of calling oneself a Valentine or choosing one. But all the lovey dovey stuff is totally made up.

As for Patrick, the guy wasn't even born in Ireland - he just did all his major work there. There are legends about the stuff he did that are pretty fanciful - the actual person was quite run-of-the-mill for a bishop in the 5th century.

In case you're wondering where I got this, I bought a book called the Oxford Dictionary of Saints.
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