Another story claims Valentine was killed for trying to help Christians escape Roman prisons. When he was imprisoned, he fell in love with a girl and sent her the first Valentine, a letter he signed "From your Valentine."
Like many holidays, Valentine's Day also has pagan roots. "Others claim that the Christian church may have decided to place St. Valentine's feast day in the middle of February in an effort to 'Christianize' the pagan celebration of Lupercalia," according to one history. "Celebrated at the ides of February, or February 15, Lupercalia was a fertility festival dedicated to Faunus, the Roman god of agriculture, as well as to the Roman founders Romulus and Remus."