We hope you’re having a wonderful Valentine’s Day that’s full of love!
Whether or not you received a card from a secret admirer, we hope today has encouraged you to show your nearest and dearest just how much they mean to you!
Valentine’s Day has become a day of red roses, pink ribbons and chocolate boxes, but it hasn’t always been this way…
Here are some fun facts we’ve found about the history of February 14th:
- A lot of people believe Saint Valentine was a priest from Rome in the third century AD. When marriage was banned by Emperor Claudius II, Valentine began to arrange secret marriages. When he was discovered, Valentine was sentenced to death. While he was in jail, Valentine fell in love with the jailer’s daughter. On 14th February, Valentine was taken to be killed. Before his death, he sent the jailers daughter a love letter signed ‘from your Valentine’.
- The first Valentine’s Day was in the year 406.
- In the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names from a bowl to see who would be their Valentine. They would wear this name pinned onto their sleeves for one week for everyone to see. This was the origin of the expression “to wear your heart on your sleeve.”
- Physicians of the 1800s commonly advised their patients to eat chocolate to calm their pining for lost love.
- The red rose was the favourite flower of Venus, the Roman goddess of love.
- In Victorian times it was considered bad luck to sign a Valentine’s Day card.
- About 3% of pet owners will give Valentine’s Day gifts to their pets.
As Valentine’s Day is a time to appreciate those around you, we’d like to take this chance to say a huge thank you to all of our schools and staff! Happy Valentine’s Day and enjoy the chocolate!