12 Interesting Facts About Valentine’s Day:
- Valentine’s Day is named after Saint Valentine, a Christian martyr who lived in the 3rd century.
- The first Valentine’s Day greeting card was sent in the 15th century.
- In the Middle Ages, it was believed that birds began to mate on February 14, which added to the day’s romantic associations.
- In addition to romantic love, Valentine’s Day is also a day to celebrate friendship and affection.
- The tradition of giving flowers on Valentine’s Day dates back to the 17th century.
- The red rose is the traditional flower of love and is the most popular flower given on Valentine’s Day.
- In addition to the United States, Valentine’s Day is celebrated in many countries around the world, including Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, France, and Australia.
- In Japan, it is customary for women to give chocolates to men on Valentine’s Day, and then men reciprocate on White Day, which is celebrated on March 14.
- The phrase “wearing your heart on your sleeve” comes from the Middle Ages, when young people would draw the name of their valentine from a bowl and wear it on their sleeve for a week.
- The oldest known valentine still in existence today was a poem written in 1415 by Charles, Duke of Orleans, to his wife while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London.
- In Finland and Estonia, Valentine’s Day is called “Friend’s Day” and is a day to celebrate friendships rather than romantic love.
- The tradition of giving heart-shaped chocolates on Valentine’s Day began in the 19th century and is still popular today.
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