Do You Know the History of Valentines Day?

By on February 12, 2019

Love is in the air! The season of love is just around the corner. Every February 14, people all over the world show their affection for one another by giving gifts such as flowers, chocolates, and cards with messages of love. Even if it is not a public holiday in any country, Valentines Day continues to be recognized as a celebration of romantic love all around the globe. How did this popular feast begin? Here are some interesting facts about the history of Valentines Day:

The origin of Valentine’s Day is traced back to the Lupercalia, an ancient Roman celebration held on February 15 that honors the gods Lupercus and Faunus, as well as Remus and Romulus, the founders of Rome. Cupid is recognized as a symbol of Valentine’s, typically depicted as a winged cherub with a bow and arrow that makes people fall in love with each other. Cupid is the son of Venus, the Roman goddess of love and beauty.

Another legend says that Valentine’s Day began around 270 AD during the reign of Emperor Claudius II. It is said that a Christian bishop named Valentine would perform secret weddings at a time when the empire was at war and men were forbidden to marry. Because of his actions, Valentine is honored on February 14.

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Pope Gelasius declared February 14 as St. Valentine’s Day and combined it with the Roman festival of Lupercalia. In 1537, King Henry VII of England officially declared February 14 a holiday in honor of St. Valentine.

Valentine’s Day is the second most popular day of the year for sending greeting cards after Christmas. In 1868, the first Valentine’s Day chocolate candy box was invented by Cadbury. Flowers are the most popular gift given on Valentine’s Day. Each year, Americans send up to 220 million roses to their loved ones on February 14.

Check out these fun facts as well as free coloring and activity pages in Printable Learning’s free Valentine’s Day Printable Arts and Crafts.


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Do You Know the History of Valentines Day?