The Origin of Valentine’s Day

The origin of Valentine’s Day
Valentine’s Day is a when people celebrate romantic love, friendship and admiration. It originated from a roman festival where boys would draw names of girls out of a box. Valentine’s Day is celebrated in the U.S and other parts of the world on February 14th every year. The day is known for giving secret notes and giving candy or chocolates to your loved ones or friends. It’s celebrated by people of all ages; in school you bring candy and cards for your friends and when your older you may bring things for your loved ones. Lots of people go out or plan something romantic on valentine’s day because it’s a holiday for love. It’s believed that the catholic church may have established Valentine’s Day in order to honor these men, who they believed to be martyrs. It’s also said that St. Valentine would secretly officiate weddings for roman soldiers which made him a proponent of love in some eyes. Around 1910 the card company as we know it started to distribute official Valentine’s Day cards, flowers, candy, jewelry and more. Cupid is the symbol of the love filled holiday because he was the son of Venus, goddess of love and beauty. A

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cool fact about February 14th, Valentine’s Day is that it was the beginning of bird mating season which added to the idea of the day being about romance. Valentine greetings go as far back as the middle ages, the oldest valentine in existence is from 1415 from Charles, Duke of Orleans. By the middle of the 18th century it was common for friends and lovers to exchange small tokens of affection or letters, by 1900 printed cards started replacing written letters. Valentine’s Day is the second largest card sending holiday with around 145 million cards sent each year, and every year over 36 million heart shaped boxes of chocolate are sold. The tradition of giving chocolate on Valentine’s Day started in the 19th century by Richard Cadbury, a scion of a British chocolate manufacturing family. The ‘x’ in xoxo has the meaning kiss because it represented Christianity, or the cross. A writer would make the mark after writing and kiss it as a sign of their oath. Valentine’s Day is a holiday celebrated with your loved ones or friends, where you can exchange cards, chocolates, gifts, and even poems. Valentine’s is a day full of love for friends, family, and lovers.