Valentine’s Day – it’s a “holiday” that many people around the world acknowledge, showering their significant other with attention and/or gifts. Even those who aren’t in a relationship might take the opportunity to indulge in some treats or show their friends and family how much they care. But have you ever stopped for a second to think about how it started or why it’s celebrated every year?
From the uncertain origins, to when the “cupid” figure became a symbol, and to some of the newer customs around the world, here’s an offering of some things about Valentine’s Day you might not have known before. Enjoy them while you pick your next favorite chocolate from the box or breathe in the scent of that beautiful bouquet…
The ‘Love’ Aspect is Not Actually Rooted in Religion
Reader’s Digest acknowledges that while the day may have originally been named after a Christian saint (yes, Saint Valentine), “there’s nothing remotely religious about this day set aside for love and lovers.”
The source adds that while there are references linking the day to “courtship in the Middle Ages,” the modern tradition of sending cards to each other didn’t become popular until the 18th century in Britain.