Valentine’s Day occurs every February 14. Across the United States and in other places around the world, candy, flowers and gifts are exchanged between loved ones, all in the name of St. Valentine.
Let me quickly introduce St. Valentine to you before i list out five fun facts about the day.
ABOUT ST. VALENTINE
We do know that February has long been celebrated as a month of romance, and that St. Valentine’s Day, as we know it today, contains vestiges of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition. But who was Saint Valentine, and how did he become associated with this ancient rite?
The Catholic Church recognizes at least three different saints named Valentine or Valentinus, all of whom were martyred. One legend contends that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine’s actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death. Still others insist that it was Saint Valentine of Terni, a bishop, who was the true namesake of the holiday. He, too, was beheaded by Claudius II outside Rome.
Other stories suggest that Valentine may have been killed for attempting to help Christians escape harsh Roman prisons, where they were often beaten and tortured. According to one legend, an imprisoned Valentine actually sent the first “valentine” greeting himself after he fell in love with a young girl—possibly his jailor’s daughter—who visited him during his confinement. Before his death, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter signed “From your Valentine,” an expression that is still in use today. Although the truth behind the Valentine legends is murky, the stories all emphasize his appeal as a sympathetic, heroic and—most importantly—romantic figure.
However, here are 5 fun facts/ questions about Valentine’s day;
1.) Why is it celebrated on February 14?
In 1537, King Henry VII officially declared February 14 as the holiday of St. Valentine’s Day – and it has stuck ever since.
2.) Why are red roses traditional?
The red rose was the favourite flower of Venus – the Roman goddess of love.
3.) Why is red the colour of Valentine’s Day?
It was once believed that the heart was the part of the body that the feeling of love came from. As the heart pumped red blood around the body, the colour became the symbol of love.
4.) Who Created the first Valentine’s day box?
In 1822, John Cadbury opened a tea and coffee shop in Birmingham, England. He soon expanded chocolate manufacturing and in 1861 his son Richard greatly increased sales by packaging Cadbury chocolates in the world’s first heart-shaped box for Valentine’s Day.
5.) Why do chocolates usually accompany a bouquet of red roses
Richard Cadbury first gave chocolates to his beloved in a heart-shaped box in 1868.