Painting of St. Valentine
Painting of St. Valentine
 
 
Copy of the poem by Chaucer
Copy of the poem by Chaucer
 
 
Valentine card from 1950
Valentine card from 1950
 
 
Valentine candy
Valentine candy
 
 
Valentine card
Valentine card
 
 
Valentine picture
Valentine picture
 
Valentine's Day
Topic(s):   Holidays & Celebrations
Quick Facts
Name: Valentine's Day; St. Valentine's Day
Celebrated on: February 14
Started: around 496 AD

There were a few saints named Valentine. They lived in the 2nd and 3rd centuries. They were killed. One story says the emperor told men they could not get married. Valentine performed marriages anyway. Another story says Valentine was in jail. He fell in love with the jailerís daughter. Before he was killed, he wrote her a letter. It said, From your Valentine! Those stories were probably made up.

The ancient Romans had a festival around February 14. Later, Pope Gelasius made the 14th a holy day. He may have been trying to replace the Roman holiday. This was not a romantic day, though. The feast day for St. Valentine was removed from the Catholic calendar in 1969. No one knew what Valentine had done to become a saint.

Valentineís Day became romantic in 1382. A man named Chaucer wrote a poem. It was for the King of Englandís engagement. The story took place on Valentineís Day.

The oldest known Valentine letter was from the 1400ís. The Duke of Orleans wrote it to his wife while he was in jail. By the 1700ís, Valentineís Day was popular. People wrote each other notes. Later, cards were printed. Postage was cheaper. Then ready-made cards became even more popular. Esther A. Howland sold the first mass-produced cards in the United States in the 1840ís.

Now, Valentineís Day is celebrated all over the world. People in the United States give cards, flowers, and candy to loved ones. Some give jewelry, too.

Resource information

Chivers, T. (2010, February 14). History of Valentine's Day. Retrieved from http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/sex/valentines-day/7187784/History-of-Valentines-Day.html

Kids Encyclopedia - Britannica. (n.d.) Valentine's Day. (n.d.). Kids Online Dictionary. Retrieved July 19, 2013, from http://kids.britannica.com/elementary/article-390980/Valentines-Day?#9390980.toc

The story of Valentine's Day. (n.d.). Retrieved July 19, 2013, from http://www.holidays.net/amore/story.html

Valentine's Day. (n.d.). Retrieved July 19, 2013, from http://www.history.com/topics/valentines-day

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