The History of Valentines Day

Welcome to Valentines Day on my blog. I thought I would start off by offering some history about the day. I know a few people that always point out that it’s a day that a Massacre happened called St. Valentine’s Day Massacre , but I love the love part. Mostly because I’m in love with love.

I looked it up a bit of information about the love side and this is what I found. At the end of the 5th century, Pope Gelasius declared February 14 St. Valentine’s Day. But It wasn’t until much later that the day became definitively associated with love. During the Middle Ages, it was believed that February 14 was the beginning of birds’ mating season, which created the idea that Valentine’s Day should be a day for romance.

Valentine greetings were popular back in the Middle Ages, although written Valentine’s didn’t begin to appear until after 1400. In addition to the United States, Valentine’s Day is celebrated in Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, France and Australia. By the middle of the 18th century, it was common for friends and lovers of all social classes to exchange small tokens of affection or handwritten notes, and by 1900 printed cards began to replace written letters due to improvements in printing technology. Americans probably began exchanging hand-made valentines in the early 1700s. Today, according to the Greeting Card Association, an estimated 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are sent each year, making Valentine’s Day the second largest card-sending holiday of the year. (An estimated 2.6 billion cards are sent for Christmas.) Telling the person you love that you care about them whether it’s a friend, family member, or romantic partner is a big deal and even though there’s a day like valentines day to do it, make sure you tell them whenever you get the chance ❤

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