Feb 14, 1382 CE: Happy Valentine’s Day

Feb 14, 1382 CE: Happy Valentine’s Day

On February 14, the western world celebrates Valentine’s Day, first connected with romantic love in 1382.


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On February 14, the world celebrates Valentine’s Day. Valentine’s Day may be named for a third-century Christian saint, but experts aren’t totally sure which one. For almost a thousand years, Valentine’s Day had nothing to do with love! In the 14th century, English poet Geoffrey Chaucer helped connect Valentine’s Day and love—by writing about actual lovebirds! Adapted from his Middle English, he wrote, “For this was on Saint Valentine's Day, when every bird comes there to choose his mate.” Today, Americans send more than 145 million Valentine’s Day cards each year!

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