A fertility festival was taking place on the 14th of February in Roman times
Between February 13th and 15th the Romans celebrated the pagan festival Lupercalia which involved sacrificing a goat and whipping women. Believe it or not the Romans thought that this made women more fertile and women actually lined up to get whipped...
In the fifth century, Pope Gelasius I made Lupercalia festival illegal and declared February 14th as St Valentine's Day.
St Valentine was a Catholic saint executed by the Roman Emperor Claudius II on the 14th of February.
One of the legends said that St Valentine was a priest who performed weddings for soldiers who were not allowed to marry.
Chocolates Is Synonymous With Valentine’s Day Gifts Because Of Cadburys
Chocolate and Valentine’s Day go together and this is thanks to the Englishman Mr Cadbury!
In 1868 Richard Cadbury gave a hand painted heart shaped chocolate box to is loved one and so began the tradition of giving chocolate on St Valentines Day!
The longest marriage ever!
Herbert and Zelmyra Fisher from North Carolina, hold the Guinness World Record for the longest marriage.
They were married for 86 years and 290 days, and as Ralph said the key to his and Dorothy's longevity is their healthy living and agreeable nature.
Where does the heart shape form come from?
As you are aware if we needed to draw our heart anatomically correct with its valves and chambers the shape would be far more complex than the typical heart symbol that we are so familiar with.
It is not clear where the love heart shape that we identify with (and that is by far easier to draw!) comes from.
Some suggest that it may come from the now extinct Silphium' plant seed or fruit which was once available in some parts of Africa.
Why red roses?
Have you heard of floriography?
Floriography is the 'language of flowers' and dating back to the Victorian times. Floriography was used as a means of coded communication through various flowers and floral arrangements, allowing people to express feelings which otherwise could not be spoken.
Red roses meant romance and today they still carry the same symbol of romance.
How long can a kiss can last?
In 2013 a Thai couple set the world record for the longest continuous kiss, which lasted for 58 hours, 35 minutes and 58 seconds. Phew!
Cupid was the Greek god of love
At the beginning he was called Eros and he was considered extremely attractive for both humans and gods.
Then his name change to Cupid and according to Greek mythology, he had 2 gold arrows to make people fall in love and 2 lead one to make people hate.
The Romans added him to their mythology as Cupid, the son of Venus, who was the goddess of love.
During the Renaissance, artists painted Cupid as a putto, a cherub that resembled a naked child.
Unfortunately for Cupid, that depiction stuck and went on to become a popular image for Valentine’s Day.
X mean kiss and it as been in use since the Medieval times
The symbol x for kissing has been around since the Middle Ages, where people that weren't able to write and read would sign a document with an X.
X is a symbol representative of Christ because of its similarity to a cross and so they would then reverently kiss the X in a show of their love for god.
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