"Love, love...love is all you need." Everyone knows the song, but here's some lesser known quirky little Valentine's Day facts to go along with our new quirky little Valentine's cards we launched in our Folksy shop today!
|'LOVE' Valentine's Day card - from our online shop|
St Valentine was a Christian priest in 3rd Century Rome, and was executed on the day of the Roman Festival of Lupercalia - a day that honoured Juno, the goddess of women, marriage & fertility. In 496 AD, the Pope declared it a day in his honour, and he became the (rather unexpected) Patron Saint of lovers!
A French Duke, Charles of Orleans, imprisoned in the Tower of London in 1415, wrote over 60 poems about his wife during his 25 year sentence. In one poem, he called her 'Ma tres doulce Valentinée' which was the first use of the word 'Valentine' as the loved one!
Ever since the 14th Century, the 14th February is generally thought to be the day that birds start mating, bringing the association of 'love birds' to St Valentine's Day.
In the 1840s, a young American woman Esther Howland received an English Valentine's card and decided to make it popular in the USA too. One of her card designs read "Weddings now are all the go. Will you marry me or no?" We don't recommend you write that on your card if you've only just met!
|'Hubba Hubba' Valentine's Day card from our online shop|
A billion Valentine's cards are sent every year throughout the world, and over 85% are sent by women. Come on guys - a little romance goes a long way!
St Valentine is also considered the Patron Saint of fainting, greeting cards manufacturers and rather horribly...the plague! Erm...let's ignore that last bit...and just focus on roses, champagne, candles and the person that makes you go 'hubba hubba hubba'! ;)