The Meaning of Valentine’s Day

Fun facts about Valentine’s Day

You probably know that February 14th is Valentine’s day, but do you know who Valentine was, or why we send anonymous messages of love and give red roses? Read on.

No one is certain who Valentine was?

The most common belief is that he was a 3rd-century priest in Rome. Emperor Claudius II banned marriage as he thought married men made bad soldiers. Valentine felt this was unfair, so he broke the rules and arranged marriages in secret. Claudius found out and threw Valentine in jail. There, he fell in love with the jailer’s daughter and sent her a love letter signed “from your Valentine” as he was on his way to his death. Can you guess what day this was? Yup, February 14th.

The first Valentine’s Day was two hundred years later in the year 496 when the church decided to hold a Christian celebration combining St Valentine and the Roman festival Lupercalia when boys drew the names of girls from a box. They’d be boyfriend and girlfriend for the festival and sometimes this led to marriage. Like a very early Love Island.

In 1537, King Henry VII officially declared February 14th the holiday of St. Valentine’s Day.

Why are Valentine’s cards anonymous?

This is fairly recent, the Victorians were very superstitious and thought that it was bad luck to sign a Valentine’s Day card. So they signed it with an X.

In medieval times people who couldn’t write their names signed an X in front of a witness. They then kissed the X to show their sincerity.

Why do we send red roses?

The red rose was the favourite flower of Venus, the Roman goddess of love.

Did you know?

  • Based on retail statistics, about 3 percent of pet owners will give gifts to their pets on this day. 

  • Richard Cadbury produced the first Valentine’s Day box of chocolates in the late 1800s.

  • Over 50 percent of all Valentine’s Day cards and gifts are purchased in the six days before February 14th.

Jewellery has fewer calories than chocolate and lasts longer than flowers. Why not give 

the gift of jewellery this Valentine’s Day?

♥  Happy Valentine’s Day  ♥

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