It was Valentine’s Day on February the 14th, meaning that there is only one thing in the air, other than oxygen: love. Typically, Valentine’s Day is reserved for love to be sprung around the corners of the World, yet, where did it come from? Some, if not, most people might know that Valentine, the word itself, was a name of a Saint back in history. Surprisingly enough, even though that is where the name came from, St. Valentine is not the reason as to why the February 14th is marked as the day of love. Let’s try and break it down.
The name of Valentines was quite common among the Christian community back in history. Most notably, St. Valentine was honored after his martyr-ship on February 14th. Although, not much is known about St. Valentine, where even the church saw that having a day for him might have been an overstatement, given that there is not much known about St. Valentine himself. Jump to the 1300’s, and we are stepping into why the day might have started to become the day of love. Chaucer, a known writer, was writing a poem about how on St. Valentine’s Day would commemorate the day of marriage between King Richard II of England with Anna of Bohemia. This soon advanced into poets and writers referring to Valentine’s Day being about love, roses, and you know the rest.
The sending of love cards did not happen until the 1840’s, when Esther Howland had received a Valentine in a card form. Her father owning a big book store, and the inspiration of sending others Valentine cards was formed. From then on, Valentine’s Day has become a national holiday, going from a day of the passing of St. Valentine, to about being of love from poems, to the sending of cards by a book store. Now it is celebrated worldwide as a holiday for love and sweets.
And that is how Valentine’s Day has formed. Nothing else much to it. It passed already, but I hope that maybe next year, you can have a happy Valentine’s Day for yourself.