’Tis the season of candy hearts and Valentine’s cards! Here are some of our favorite Valentine’s Day quotes and recipes, as well as a history of the holiday.
History of Valentine’s Day
Who was Saint Valentine? A Christian bishop named Valentine was martyred on February 14 in A.D. 271. It is not clear why or how this might be linked to modern Valentine’s Day traditions, though legends abound. Watch this video to hear one stirring tale.
Rather, Valentine’s Day has its origins in the Roman holiday Lupercalia, which was a fertility festival in honor of Lupa, the wolf who was said to have suckled Romulus and Remus, who went on to found the city of Rome.
Apparently, the festival involved young men running through the streets naked, women being smeared in animal blood, and unusual fertility rites, so when the Roman Empire became Christian, it evolved into the feast of St. Valentine—though some of the “romance” seems to have lived on!
When is Valentine’s Day?
Valentine’s Day occurs annually on February 14. See which day of the week the holiday will fall on this year:
|2019||Thursday, February 14|
|2020||Friday, February 14|
|2021||Sunday, February 14|
History of the “Valentine” Card
By the early 1600s, handmade Valentine’s Day cards were customarily sent from admirers to sweethearts. Around the year 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 Valentine’s 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? Here’s a little insight into this conundrum.
Valentine’s Day Quotes and Poetry
Below are some quotes and ideas for dressing up a lovely Valentine’s Day card of your own!
With your valentine be cuddled,
By a fireplace happily huddled.
–The Old Farmer’s Almanac, 2010
Love does not consist of gazing at each other but of looking together in the same direction.
There is no remedy for love but to love more.
The greatest love is a mother’s, then comes a dog’s, then a sweetheart’s.
Love is the reward of love.
If you would be loved, love and be lovable.
Follow love and it will flee thee; Flee love and it will follow thee.
True love begins when nothing is looked for in return.
–Antoine de Saint-Exupery, French writer (1900-44)
Falling in love is like falling down stairs—we never can tell exactly how the thing was did.
–Josh Billings, American humorist (1818-85)
Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind.
–William Shakespeare, English playwright (1564-1616)
Where there is love, there is no darkness.
Faults are thick where love is thin.
True love never grows old.
Works and not words are the proof of love.
Absence sharpens love; presence strengthens it.
The best smell is bread, the best savor salt, the best love that of children. [no credit]
Gravitation cannot be held responsible for people falling in love.
Do you have a favorite Valentine’s Day quote? Tell us about it in the comments below!
Valentines Day Recipes
Will you be baking your sweetheart something special this holiday? Valentine’s Day goes hand-in-hand with sweets and chocolate, so why not try making one of our delicious Valentine’s Day recipes?
Have a Happy Valentine’s Day!