Valentine's Day

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Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day History

The idea of Valentine's Day seems to have originated during the Middle Ages, somewhere around the 14th or 15th century.  The holiday is named after a Saint Valentine who was martyred.  Chaucer, a famous poet, wrote about "Seynt Valentyne's day" in his famous Parliament of Foules.  Other historians attribute the holiday as a celebration of the life of Saint Valentine who lived in Constantinople 150 years after Constantine turned the city in a Christian one.  There was a pagan celebration on February 15th where lots of unmarried men chose a bride and were married on this day.  Married men didn't want to go to war, so Roman Emperor Claudius II forbade young men to marry.  Valentine ignored the decree and was executed on February 14, in the year A.D. 270.

Facts about Valentine's Day

  • Symbols for Valentine's day include hearts, chocolate, flowers, and Cupid - the Roman God of Love.
  • 52% of US consumers will send out at least 1 Valentine's Day card, 47% will send candy, and 34% will send flowers.
  • In 2012, consumers spent over $13.19 billion on Valentine' Day.
  • 180 million Valentine's Day Cards were sent in 2012.

Valentine's Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Send someone you care for a Valentine's Day card.
  • Go to a special dinner with your sweetheart.  Tip: Book early as this is one of the busiest days of the year for restaurants.
  • Send someone flowers.
  • Write a love poem to your sweetheart.
  • Send a "Secret Valentine" to someone several days before, and then reveal your identity on February 14th.

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