Valentine’s Day is one of the most widely celebrated holidays around the world! But, do you know the history behind this romantic day?
Its origins lie in a feast day named for multiple Saints Valentine and initially did not revolve around the love and affection we so value today. Its initial roots are actually quite dark! By the 14th century, that all changed for the aristocracy with Chaucer, whose poetry and writing celebrated love around the feast of Saint Valentine. The tradition of publicly expressing love grew in popularity, especially in England where giving fresh flowers, candy, and signed cards (valentines) were common across all social classes. From those cards we find many of the symbols of Valentine’s Day that we know and love so well: the pierced heart, Cupid and his arrow, and doves.
Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to spend a fortune to make Valentine’s Day a special holiday! Heartfelt gifts often mean the most - and what gift is more heartfelt than fresh, beautiful flowers? Hint: a homemade card or breakfast in bed also make great accompaniments!