~ In 1537, England's King Henry VII officially declared February 14th the holiday of St. Valentine's Day.
~ In addition to the United States, Valentine's Day is celebrated in Canada, Mexico, United Kingdom, France, Australia, Denmark, and Italy.
~ In the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names from a bowl to see who would be their Valentine. They would wear this name pinned onto their sleeves for one week for everyone to see. This was the origin of the expression "to wear your heart on your sleeve."
~ Girls of medieval times ate bizarre foods on St. Valentine's Day to make them dream of their future spouse.
~ The red rose was the favorite flower of Venus, the Roman goddess of love.
~ More than 36 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate are sold for
Valentine's Day each year.
~ In Medieval times, girls ate unusual foods on St Valentine's Day to
make them dream of their future husband.
~ Alexander Graham Bell applied for his patent on the telephone, an
"Improvement in Telegraphy", on Valentine's Day, 1876.
~ The oldest surviving love poem till date is written in a clay tablet from the times of the Sumerians, inventors of writing, around 3500 B.C.
~ Cupid is a symbol of Valentine's Day. Cupid was associated with Valentine's Day because he was the son of Venus, the Roman god of love and beauty. Cupid often appears on Valentine cards and gift tokens holding a bow and arrows as he is believed to use magical arrows to arouse feelings of love.
~ On February 14th wooden love spoons were carved and given as gifts on Valentine's Day in Wales. Hearts, keys and keyholes were favorite Valentine decorations on the wooden spoons. This Valentine decoration meant, "You unlock my heart!">>More Fun Facts