Valentine’s Day – we all know it’s supposed to be the most romantic day of the year, but do you know where it originated? How it became so named? When it started? Or how it became so popular?
Here is some lighthearted Valentine’s Day trivia to enlighten you!
~ Married Valentine’s. During the mid-17th century, even married folk took a Valentine and that person was not always their legal significant other.
~ Meaning of the Word Valentine. The name Valentine comes from the Latin word valour, meaning worthy.
~ Name for Valentine’s Day. Valentine’s Day was named for two men, both Christian martyrs named Valentine who were associated with romantic love in the middle ages.
~ Official Holiday. St. Valentine’s Day was declared an official holiday in 1537 when England’s King Henry VIII declared it for the first time.
~ Unmarried Valentine’s. In the Middle Ages, people believed that the first unmarried person of the opposite sex that they met on the morning of Valentine’s Day was the person they were destined to marry.
~ Unusual Foods. In Medieval times, girls ate unusual foods on St Valentine’s Day to make them dream of their future husband.
~ Valentine Love Messages. Elaborate handmade love messages, cards and gifts for Valentine’s Day became popular during the 17th century.
~ Valentine Robins Overhead. It was believed that if a woman saw a robin flying overhead on Valentine’s Day, it meant she would marry a sailor.
Trivia from: www.examiner.com