for St. Valentine's fame in one story is that he broke
Roman law and married people in secret.
Christian legend says
that Valentine’s Day is the Feast of St. Valentine.
In 270 A.D., the Roman Emperor Claudius II did not want
any marriages to take place during wartime. He believed
married men made poor soldiers. But Bishop Valentine
went against his wishes and performed wedding ceremonies.
Valentine was jailed and then executed on February 14, by
order of the Emperor.
Hence, the name and celebration of love on February 14.
In another story he was a
priest that also cared for the sick. In this story he was
executed merely for his beliefs. In either case on the day
he was to be executed (February 14) he had a visitor and
gave her a note to reassure her that said "from your
Valentine" -- this seems to be the origin of the
Approximately 1 billion
Valentine's Day cards are sent each year.
In order of popularity,
Valentine's Day cards are given to: teachers, children,
mothers, wives, sweethearts, Koko the gorilla.
The expression "wearing
your heart on your sleeve" comes from a Valentine's Day
Young women would write
their names on slips of paper to be drawn by young men. A
man would then wear a woman's name on his sleeve to claim
her as his valentine.
People also believed that birds began mating on February
The idea of lovebirds
soon became associated with Saint Valentine, and the
custom of sending cards or small gifts on his feast day is
centuries' old. As for the heart-shape cards: Since
ancient times, the heart has symbolized love, both human
15% of U.S. women send
themselves flowers on Valentine's Day.
The record for the most
couples kissing at once is 1600.
Valentine's Day is the
second largest card-sending holiday in the United States.
In Wales wooden love spoons were carved and given as gifts
on February 14th.
Hearts, keys and keyholes were favorite decorations on the
spoons. The decoration meant, 'You unlock my heart!'
Red roses are the single
most popular flower to give on Valentine's Day. Although
they may all look the same to the untrained eye, there are
actually more than 900 varieties of dark-red and
medium-red rose, according to the rose lovers' web site,
Chinese Valentine's Day
is not celebrated on February 14, but on the seventh day
of the seventh month of the Chinese lunar calendar.
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