by Guest blogger M.O.M.
A card sent, often anonymously, on St. Valentine’s Day (February 14) to a person one loves, likes, is attracted to, or maybe just teasing. ORIGIN late Middle English and from Old French Valentin, from Latin Valentinus.
It is celebrated on Saint Valentine’s Day in memory of St. Valentine who was martyred in 270 A.D. He was associated with the bringing together of people in love who were under duress. The holiday is celebrated on February 14th by the exchange of romantic or funny messages called Valentines. Often the messages are sent anonymously. The colors red and pink are associated with this day and the heart shape is the universal symbol.
In America chocolates, roses and candy hearts are often given as tokens of affection.
Do You Know?
Only 54% of Valentines are sent through the mail ~ the rest are hand delivered.