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The History of Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day has become such a thing and it feels like everyone has to take a stance on how they’re going to spend this seemingly random day in February…but how did we get here?!

We looked into the history of Valentine’s Day and found it’s basically one big rumor that’s been evolving for centuries. There are a ton of versions claiming to be the “official history” of Valentine’s Day as we know it featuring saints, murders and jail time — it’s all very dramatic!

The most detailed variation of this centuries-long game of telephone started in 200 A.D. The Emperor of Rome banned marriages because he thought single men were better soldiers and since Rome was in the middle of a war, the Emperor needed all the help he could get. But Saint Valentine loved love (awww!) and helped couples get married in secret anyway. In an unfortunate turn of events, the Emperor found out and ordered Saint Valentine to be killed. Before his death, Saint Valentine was sent to jail and fell in love with his jailer’s daughter. Then on February 14th, Saint Valentine sent her a handwritten note with the words “I love you” on it, which became the world’s first valentine! It’s kind of romantic, kind of adorable and we’re sure there’s some truth in that story.

Regardless of its shady start, we can’t ignore the fact that Valentine’s Day is a huuuuge deal now. Even people who are decidedly not doing Valentine’s Day can get swept up into anti-V-Day plans. And whether you do or don’t care, it’s going to be all over Instagram, which counts as celebrating nowadays, right? Between capsule collections, limited-edition merch, pop-ups and more, we have a hard time ignoring this holiday, Hallmark or not.

And speaking of Hallmark… we hear over 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are sent each year, over 35 million boxes of chocolate are gifted and 220 million roses are produced for today, so chances are you’re on the giving or receiving end of one of those gestures!

Tell us: How are you celebrating? Or if you’re not celebrating, how are you not celebrating?

 

 

 

 

By SN Edit

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