Why We Celebrate Valentine's Day

  • Originally, Valentine's Day celebrated Saint Valentinus, a holy priest in Rome who performed secret weddings for soldiers who were not allowed to marry.

  • Sadly, Saint Valentinus was sent to prison and killed for this. He was buried on February 14, around the year A.D. 270.

  • In the Middle Ages, it was tradition to draw names from a bowl and pin your name—your "valentine"—to your sleeve. That's where we get the expression wear your heart on your sleeve.

  • Today, Valentine's Day is celebrated in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, France, and Australia.

  • Americans began exchanging hand-made valentines in the early 1700s.

  • In the 1800s, doctors prescribed chocolate as treatment for those who had been disappointed in love!

  • There are 8 billion candy hearts made each year. That's enough to stretch from Valentine, Arizona to Rome, Italy—and back again!

  • 189 million roses are sold in the United States on Valentine's Day. (Buy a rose for someone special and make it 189,000,001!)

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