Happy Valentine’s Day. This day is celebrated in the United States and in other places around the world. Candy, flowers, gifts and sometimes all three are exchanged between loved ones.
Some say it is named for St. Valentine who some believe originated in ancient Rome. There are also some who believe St. Valentine’s Day is linked to an ancient pagan ritual. A more popular and certainly much more romantic link is to the Middle Ages.
The oldest known valentine still in existence today was a poem written in 1415 by Charles, Duke of Orleans, to his wife. Valentine’s Day began to be popularly celebrated around the 17th century. By the middle of the 18th century, it was common for friends and lovers to exchange small tokens of affection and or handwritten notes. By 1900, printed cards became popular and in many cases replaced the handwritten notes. These cards were an easy way for people to express their feelings.
Today, an estimated 150 million Valentine’s Day cards are sent each year. Did you send yours?
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