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St. Valentine's Day

Hudson Law Firm Feb. 14, 2023

valentineValentine's Day is a beloved holiday celebrated by Christians around the world on February 14th. It originally began as a feast day honoring a single martyr, Saint Valentine of Rome.

As the story goes, the Catholic priest and doctor was jailed at some point during his life and during that time, he restored sight to the blind daughter of his jailer. This simple act of kindness is how Valentine's Day came to be celebrated, and it has evolved into an international holiday in which people express love, gratitude, and appreciation for one another.

However, a boring note of legal caution: under New Jersey law, if an engagement ring is given on Valentine's Day, it is considered a conditional gift that must be returned to the donor in the case of a broken engagement. This is because the ring is seen as being given in contemplation of marriage. Therefore, if the engagement is broken, the ring must be returned to its original donor.

No matter how one chooses to celebrate, Valentine's Day is a time to show appreciation to those who we love and care for. It is a beautiful holiday that has its roots in an inspiring act of kindness and compassion.