Check out these facts about Valentine's Day:

Valentine's Day is on 14th February every year
Valentine's Day falls on 14th February every year. It is also known as Saint Valentine's Day! It is thought that Valentine's Day is on this day because a priest called Valentine was performing secret marriages behind the back of Emperor Claudius II of Rome. He banned marriage because he thought that unmarried soldiers fought much better. Valentine unfortunately got caught on 14th February in the year 270AD.

It's a day to show your love
Valentine's Day is a day to show your love. This can be to a girlfriend, boyfriend, husband, or wife. Or why not show your love to the important people to you? Such as your family and friends!

Valentine's Day comes from Saint Valentine
As you learned above, Valentine's Day comes from the man Valentine from the Roman times. He was a priest and was actually made a Saint after his death!

The first ever Valentine's Day was in 496
Previously, there was a Roman festival called Lupercalia, which was in the middle of February. The boys would select a girl's name from a box during this festival. They would stay with whoever they picked during the festival. Sometimes, they would even get married. Later on, the church decided that they wanted to change this festival into a Christian celebration. This was the start of Valentine's Day.

Cupid is often on Valentine's Cards and gifts
Cupid is always seen on Valentine's cards and presents... but who is he? Cupid, also known as Eros, was a Roman God. He was the God of Love. Legend has it that Cupid would shoot his arrow into people's hearts, making them fall in love!

Around 85% of Valentine's Day cards are bought by women
Women seem to prefer buying a card for their loved ones. Around 85% of cards are bought by women on Valentine's Day.

Around 73% of flowers are bought by men
Flowers are one of the principal gifts given by men on Valentine's Day. Around 73% of flowers are bought by them.

The oldest love poem was said to have been written 4,000 years ago
The oldest love poem was written around 4,000 years ago. It is called 'The Love Song for Shu-Sin' and was written by a Sumerian. Sumerians came up with one of the first writing forms. They lived where Iraq is today. The poem was carved into a clay tablet.

Valentine's Day is said to be the second most popular day to send cards
Christmas keeps Royal Mail busy, but Valentine's Day keeps it busy. Valentine's Day is said to be the second most popular day after Christmas to send a card. Will you be receiving one?

The red rose symbolizes love
The red rose is linked to the Goddess of Love, Aphrodite. Aphrodite's tears and her love Adonis' blood were believed to water the ground where red roses were grown. It now symbolizes love until death.


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