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Valentine's Day Facts of Love

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Here are some interesting Valentine’s Day facts: 


  • The most popular theory about Valentine’s Day origin is that Emperor Claudius II didn’t want Roman men to marry during wartime. Bishop Valentin went against his wishes and performed secret weddings. For this, Valentine was jailed and executed. While in jail he wrote a note to the jailors daughter signing it “ from your Valentine” 


  •  In Finland Valentine’s Day is called Ystävänpäivä, which means “Friends Day”


  • In Victorian times it was considered bad luck to sign a Valentine’s Day card.


  • The “x” became the signature of choice in the Middle Ages, a time when few people could write, and documents were sealed with an x embossed in wax or lead. At the same time, letters and books, as well as oaths of political and economic fealty between kings and their vassals, were “sealed with a kiss” — an early antecedent of the acronym SWAK, which became popular during World War I for soldiers to imprint on their letters home.


  •   In 1537, King Henry VII officially declared February 14th the holiday of St Valentine’s Day


  • The red rose was the favourite flower of Venus, the Roman Goddess of Love.


  • In the Middle Ages, young man and women drew names from a bowl to see who would be their Valentin, They would wear this name pinned into their sleeves for one week for everyone to see. This is where the expression “to wear your heart on your sleeve” originated from.