Did You Know ... Valentine's Day?
Even though it comes only once a year, Valentine's Day continues to be a source of hope for people. Based upon the ideals of true and pure love (primarily romantic love), it has evolved over the centuries and continues to capture our heart-filled imaginations. Here are some folklore and facts about this special day:
- In the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names from a bowl to see who their valentines would be. They would wear these names on their sleeves for one week. To wear your heart on your sleeve now means that it is easy for other people to know how you are feeling.
- The Italian city of Verona, where Shakespeare's lovers Romeo and Juliet lived, receives about 1,000 letters addressed to Juliet every Valentine's Day.
- Richard Cadbury invented the first Valentine's Day candy box in the late 1800s.
- The oldest surviving love poem till date is written in a clay tablet from the times of the Sumerians around 3500 BC.
- In Medieval times, girls ate unusual foods on St Valentine's Day to make them dream of their future husband.
Hope you have a wonderful Valentine's Day!