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!)