Fun Facts about Valentines Day – The Valentine’s Day is a celebration dedicated to lovers and celebrated in much of the world (especially in Europe, the Americas and the Far East) on February 14. The holiday is named after a Christian saint and martyr Saint Valentine, and was established in 496 by Pope Gelasius I, going to replace the pagan festival of Lupercalia earlier. The modern practice of celebration of the feast, centered on exchanging love messages and gifts between lovers, probably dates from the early Middle Ages, and in particular could be attributed to the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer which took shape in the tradition of courtly love.
To its spread, especially in France and England, helped the Benedictines, through their numerous monasteries, having been foster parents of the Basilica di San Valentino since the second half of the seventh century.
Especially in countries of Anglo-Saxon culture, and by imitation elsewhere, the most characteristic feature of the feast of St. Valentine is the exchange of valentine, love notes often shaped in the form of stylized hearts, or according to other themes typical of the popular depiction of love romantic (the dove, the image of cupid with bow and arrows, and so on). Since the nineteenth century, this tradition has fueled the industrial production and large-scale marketing of greeting cards dedicated to this anniversary. The Greeting Card Association estimates that each year are shipped on Feb. 14 about a billion greeting cards, a number that ranks second in this event, as the number of tickets purchased and shipped after Christmas. In the previous post I have explained about the uniqueness of Valentine and Love, ok you can check it below: