With Valentine’s Day just around the corner I thought it would be fun to share some little known facts about this day of Love according to our modern calendar.
Did you know?
The church has tried to give the impression that Valentines Day is on February 14 because of the Saint Valentine. However, historians doubt that. It’s more likely that the date was dedicated to the celebration of Lupercalia. It was a fertility celebration for Faunus, the Roman god of agriculture, and founders of Rome, Remus and Romulus.
- To Wear Your Heart on Your Sleeve….In the Middle Ages, they literally did. Men would draw names to see who would be their Valentine. They would then pin that name to their sleeve and walk around with it for a week to see if their Valentine would find them. So they quite literally wore their hearts on their sleeves. Now this would be a fun tradition to start again!!!
- King Henry VII was a total romantic. In fact, he loved Valentine’s Day so much
that in 1537, he declared it a public holiday.
- The origin of XO’s…In the Middle Ages most people were illiterate, so to sign
documents, people would just write an X, alongside a witness. They would then seal the X with a kiss, to show their sincerity. This is of course how marriage licenses were signed as well.
- In Victorian times it was considered bad luck to sign your Valentine’s Card.
- It is estimated that 150 million Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged annually
and women purchase 85% of those cards!!!
Obviously with this last fact, it is time for men to step up to the plate!! So for you men out there, Rose Quartz is the gemstone of love!!!
Happy Valentine's Day from Tashi and I !!!
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