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More about Valentine's Day

 

Well it is February, the month where we first celebrate the wisdom of a rodent, and later celebrate our love for someone special. It can be really amazing and surprising how a special day of the year is able to get its start, despite the efforts of opposition by others. The celebration of Valentine’s Day is just one of those days. The most popular theory on the beginnings of Valentine’s Day starts with the actions of Bishop Valentine during the reign of Emperor Claudius II. The Emperor Claudius II would deny Roman men to marry during wartime, but Bishop Valentine would secretly perform weddings for those who wanted to go against the order of Claudius II and marry anyway. Because of his actions, Bishop Valentine eventually ended up being jailed and executed. While in jail, Valentine wrote a note to the jailor’s daughter and signed it “from your Valentine”. Later in 1537 King Henry VII would declare February 14th the holiday of St. Valentine’s Day. The Victorian times not only gave us the day of St. Valentine’s Day, but also many things that we associate with the day, such as during Victorian times, it was considered bad luck to sign a Valentine’s Day card, the letter X meaning a kiss, wearing your heart on your sleeve.      

Here are some more facts on Valentine's Day     

 

  • 3 percent of pet owners will give their pet a Valentine’s gift.
  • 1 billion Valentine’s cards are exchanged making it the second largest seasonal card sending time of the year.
  • In Finland, Valentine’s Day is called “Friend’s Day”. It is more about remembering your friends as opposed to loved ones.
  • Physicians of the 1800s would often advise their patients to eat chocolate in order to calm their pining for lost love.
  • Richard Cadbury produced the first box of chocolates for Valentine’s Day in the late 1800s.

 

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