We’ve got 14 ‘who knew?’ facts about February 14
We all know that Valentine’s Day (also known as Feast of Saint Valentine) is celebrated on February 14th to show our loved ones how much they are adored.
But who was St. Valentine? Why do we send chocolates? Where does the red rose tradition come from? We’ve done some digging and found all the facts you need to know about the big day…
1. Where did Valentine’s Day come from?
The most popular theory says that Emperor Claudius II didn’t want Roman men to marry during wartime, but a chap called Bishop Valentine went against his wishes and performed secret weddings.
In 1537, King Henry VII officially declared February 14 as the holiday of St. Valentine’s Day – and it has stuck ever since.
3. Why are red roses traditional?
The red rose was the favourite flower of Venus – the Roman goddess of love.
4. When was the first Valentine’s Day card sent?
The Duke of Orleans sent the earliest Valentine’s card to his wife whilst he was a prisoner in the Tower of London in the 15th century.
5. Why does an ‘X’ symbolise a kiss?
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