Whether you’re feeling blue or you’re all excited about Valentine’s Day, you probably have wondered (or still wondering) how it all started.
How Valentine’s Day Started
There are different theories on how Valentine’s Day started however the most popular theory comes all the way back to the Roman Empire when Claudius II, 270 A.D. was the reigning emperor. It is said that Claudius was against men getting married during wartime as he believed that single men were better soldiers than married ones. However, Bishop Valentine went against this and performed wedding ceremonies in secret. After this was known to Claudius II, he put Valentine in jail. While Valentine was in jail, he fell in love with the jailor’s daughter and just before his death he wrote a love note to her which was signed “From your Valentine”. Hence the coining of this now very popular phrase. The Emperor ordered Valentine’s execution on February 14th which the world now celebrates as Valentine’s Day.
Valentine’s Day-Related History
Lupercalia was a feast celebrated by the ancient Romans on Feb 14th. This festivity is in honor of Juno, the queen of the Roman gods and godesses, and goddess of women and marriage.
The Medieval Times
During medieval times, it is believed by many that the symbol X became synonymous with the kiss. People who did not know how to write their names signed X in front of a witness and to show their sincerity, they kiss the X they just signed.
It is said that during the medieval times, girls would eat bizaare foods during St. Valentine’s Day so that they would dream about their future spouse.
“Wear Your Heart on Your Sleeve”
You’ve probably heard the expression “wear your heart on your sleeve”. Ever wondered where this came from? In the Middle Ages, there was a bowl with names of young men and women and whoever they pick would be their Valentine. Young men and women would wear the name pinned on their sleeves for a week so everyone would know who their Valentine is. And this is how the expression “wear your heart on your sleeve” came about.
King Henry VII
It was King Henry VII who officially declared February 14th as the holiday of St. Valentine’s Day in 1537.
Valentine’s Day and Chocolates
When the season of love hits, sales of chocolates go through the roof. Here are some facts on chocolates and its relation to Valentine’s Day.
The World’s Greatest Lover
You can say your lover is the greatest lover but Cassanova is dubbed as the world’s greatest lover and he loved eating chocolates as he believed this would make him virile.
Chocolates and Lost Love
During the 1800s, it was common for doctors to advise their patients to eat chocolates to calm their pining for lost love.
It was in the 1800s that the first box of chocolates for Valentine’s Day was produced and the man behind this was Richard Cadbury.
1 Billion Dollars
In the U.S. over 1 billion dollars worth of chocolates is purchased during Valentine’s Day.
Whether you would be celebrating Valentine’s Day alone, with someone special, with your friends or you’re not celebrating it at all, hope you enjoy February 14th!
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