Some History of Valentine’s Day

Every February 14, across Canada and in other places around the world, candy, flowers and gifts are exchanged between loved ones, all in the name of St. Valentine. But who is this mysterious saint, and where did these traditions come from? The history of Valentine’s Day–and the story of its patron saint–is shrouded in mystery. We do know that February has long been celebrated as a month of romance. But who was Saint Valentine. The Church recognizes at least three different saints named Valentine all of whom were martyred. According to one legend, an imprisoned Valentine actually sent the first “valentine” greeting himself after he fell in love with a young girl–possibly his jailor’s daughter–who visited him during his confinement. Before his death, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter signed “From your Valentine,” North Americans began exchanging hand-made valentines in the early 1700s. In the 1840s, Esther A. Howland began selling the first mass-produced valentine card. Approximately 150 million Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged annually, it’s the second most popular card-sending holiday after Christmas……Ed

Source:History dot com/Photo: Nicole De Khors / http://www.history.com/topics/valentines

Posted in All Stories, Ed McMahon

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