It's February 14th, and that means it's Valentine's Day. So celebrate a day of chocolate, love and flowers with these 5 interesting facts about Valentine’s Day...
Chaucer Might Have Been the Inventor of Valentine’s Day Geoffrey Chaucer, the English poet from medieval times, wrote a poem called “Parliament of Foules” around the year 1382. In the poem, he links love with the feast day of St. Valentine and talks about how humans and birds look for a mate. Chaucer wrote the poem to celebrate the engagement anniversary of King Richard II to Anne of Bohemia.
The First Valentine Was Written From a Prison History’s first valentine was written in perhaps one of the most unromantic places conceivable: a prison. Charles, Duke of Orleans wrote the love letter to his second wife at the age of 21 while captured at the Battle of Agincourt. As a prisoner for more than 20 years, he would never see his valentine’s reaction to the poem he penned to her in the early 15th century. It is the oldest "valentine" known and is kept in London at the British Library.
Millions of Greeting Cards Are Purchased Every Year Today, millions of greeting cards are purchased every year. We're talking 144 million greeting cards being exchanged industry-wide every year for Valentine's Day in the U.S. alone, according to Hallmark. Oddly enough, Valentine's Day ranks second in the holidays with the highest rank of greeting cards sold, ranking after Christmas.
It's Not Just For Humans People really do love their pets, because according to the National Retail Federation, 27% of people celebrating Valentine's Day in 2020 say they are also buying gifts for their pets. Spending on Valentine's Day gifts for pets has also grown significantly, going from $450 million in 2010 to more than $1.7 billion.
To Wear Your Heart on Your Sleeve Has Real Meaning The term “wearing your heart on your sleeve” may have origins in picking a valentine. During the Middle Ages, single women and men drew names, and the name of the person drawn would be their valentine. They advertised their valentine by pinning the name on their sleeve for a week. Today, the expression "wearing one's heart on their sleeve" has come to mean openly showing feelings and emotions.