Happy Valentine's Day!
To celebrate, I have some Valentine's Day facts, myths, legends, superstitions and folklore for you to enjoy:
- Valentine was a Roman priest who was martyred because he refused to renounce his faith and defied the law prohibiting marriage. He was clubbed, stoned and beheaded on 14th February A.D.269.
- Valentine was imprisoned for refusing to renounce his faith. While in prison he befriended the jailer's daughter. Shortly before his execution he wrote a letter to her thanking her for her friendship and loyalty, which he signed 'Your Valentine'. He also communicated with friends sending them notes asking them to 'remember their Valentine'.
- Some people believe the custom of choosing a partner on St. Valentine's Day has its origins in the Roman feast of Lupercalia, a pagan festival of love. Part of the festival involved boys choosing a girl's name from a box. These pairings were then regarded as couples for a year.
- In pagan times people believed that birds began mating on 14th February. Lovebirds soon became associated with St. Valentine.
- If a young girl saw a particular bird then she would marry a particular type of man.
- Ancient Romans honored the goddess Juno on February 14th. Juno was the Queen of the Roman Gods and Goddesses. The Romans also knew her as the Goddess of women and marriage. The following day, February 15th, began the Feast of Lupercalia.
- In the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names from a bowl to see who their valentines would be. They would wear these names on their sleeves for one week. To wear your heart on your sleeve now means that it is easy for other people to know how you are feeling.
- Some people said if you found a glove on the road on Valentine's Day, your future beloved will have the other missing glove.
- Some believed the first man's name you read in the paper or hear will be the name of the man you will marry.
- Pick a dandelion that has gone to seed. Take a deep breath and blow the seeds into the wind. Count the seed that remain on the stem, and that is the number of children you will have.
- Cut an apple in half and count how many seeds are inside, you can also tell how many children you will have.
- The story of Cupid and Psyche.
- a bunch of two roses indicates that the person wishes to tie the love knots forever as in he/she wishes to marry you. When red and white get blended it would mean pure love
- Paper valentines originated in the 1500s, being exchanged in Europe and being given in place of valentine gifts and oral or musical valentine greetings. The first written valentine (formerly known as "poetical or amorous addresses") is traditionally attributed to the imprisoned Charles, Duke of Orleans, in 1415.
- For more than a century, the makers of NECCO Sweethearts Conversation Hearts have come up with some of the sweetest ways of saying "I love you." Every Valentine's Day the company presents new messages on the tiny colored hearts that have been a holiday tradition since the Civil War. Some favorites among the more than one hundred Sweetheart sayings have been in circulation since the hearts were first factory-made in 1902.