St. Valentine’s Day or just Valentine’s Day, is celebrated in lots of countries on February 14th. People celebrate it by giving cards, flowers and gifts to the person they love, in honour of St. Valentine.
In Roman times, there was a rule where young men can’t marry, because people thought that unmarried soldiers did better at war when they weren’t worrying about their family.
A priest named St. Valentine thought the rule was unfair, and so he secretly married young couples, but was soon caught and put in jail. While imprisoned, he fell in love with the jailor’s blind daughter. The night before he was executed, he handed a note to the jailor’s daughter, and at the end he signed “Your Valentine”. Apparently, this note is what made her see again.
Cupid is associated with Valentine’s Day because he is believed to have been the son of Venus, the Roman Goddess of Love. Although, some people believe that Cupid wasn’t Venus’ son, and was in fact born before her. One of Cupid’s symbols is the bow and arrow, and it is believed that if he shoots you with one of his arrows, you will fall in love with the first person you see.
- In Wales, on Valentine’s Day, some people would give their significant other a wooden spoon that they carved themselves. They would also carve decorations on the spoons, like keyholes, hearts and keys. Which basically meant “You have the key to my heart”
- In the olden days, quite a few people believed that: if a woman saw a robin flying over her, she would marry a sailor; if she saw sparrow, she would marry a poor man, but still be happy; and if she saw a goldfinch, she would marry a millionaire
- In Victorian times, it was believed to be bad luck to sign a Valentine’s Day card
- Around 10 million people buy Valentine’s gifts for their pets
- The red rose is the flower of love
- About 36 million heart shape boxes of chocolates are sold at Valentine’s Day each year
- There are around 50 million roses given on Valentine’s Day around the world
- Every Valentine’s Day, Verona (a city in Italy), receives about 1000 letters for Juliet