History of Valentine’s Day
February is the month for Valentine’s Day and since it is believed according to history that,
Valentine’s Day is celebrated in the middle of February to commemorate the anniversary of Valentine’s death or burial–which probably occurred around A.D. 270–others claim that the Christian church may have decided to place St. Valentine’s feast day in the middle of February in an effort to “Christianize” the pagan celebration of Lupercalia. Celebrated at the ides of February, or February 15, Lupercalia was a fertility festival dedicated to Faunus, the Roman god of agriculture, as well as to the Roman founders Romulus and Remus.
Americans probably began exchanging hand-made valentines in the early 1700s. In the 1840s, Esther A. Howland began selling the first mass-produced valentines in America. Howland, known as the “Mother of the Valentine,” made elaborate creations with real lace, ribbons and colorful pictures known as “scrap.” (History.com).
It can be assumed that this is also where we get the new term “scrap-booking” in which people put lace around their pictures, etc. As the old saying goes, “There’s nothing new under the sun” which is quoted from the book of Ecclesiastes 1:9.
This is also the time when bakeries will be selling tons of pink and red cakes and cupcakes and those who love to bake at home will be trying their hand at making heart shaped cakes and cookies. School children will be buying Valentine’s day cards to exchange at their school parties. Husbands and wives will be sending their heart felt thoughts to each other and florists are stocking up on American Beauty Red Roses. Let’s not forget those delicious C-H-O-C-O-L-A-T-E-S either!
So what are you going to send?
Better yet…to whom?