What day of the week is Valentine's Day 2014? Here is a chart of the exact days.
Where did the Valentine's Day sweetheart tradition come from? See the origins of this holiday below.
And, remember that Valentine's Day goes hand-in-hand with sweets and chocolate, so try making one of our Valentine's Day recipes for your sweetheart!
Love does not consist in gazing at each other but in looking together in the same direction.
Valentine's Day Dates 2014
|2013||Thursday, February 14|
|2014||Friday, February 14|
|2015||Saturday, February 14|
|2016||Sunday, February 14|
Valentine's Day History
Although a Christian bishop named Valentine was martyred on February 14 in A.D. 271, there is nothing in this legend to account for the custom of choosing a sweetheart on this day.
By the early 1600s, handmade valentines were customarily sent from admirers to sweethearts. About 1800 the first commercial cards appeared. Cards were usually sent anonymously. As early as 1822, an English official reported having to hire extra postal workers on this day. In 1849, Esther Howland of Worcester, Massachusetts, started selling quality valentines so popular that she was called “Mother of the American Valentine.”
Ever wonder why we celebrate Valentine's Day—a day of hot romance—in the middle of one of the coldest months of the year? Read our Valentine's Day Blog for a little insight to this conundrum.