The History of Valentine's Day

We always associate Valentine’s day with romance, flowers, candy, cupids and St. Valentine, but do you know why? In our quest for everything antique, vintage and historic, we needed to find out.

Like many things in history, Valentine’s day also has a bit of a scandal! The celebration of Valentine’s day dates back to the ancient Roman festival of Lupercalia, which was a fertility celebration held each year on February 15. Obviously, the Catholics did not particularly love this festival, so Pope Gelasius channeled the celebration into a Christian feast around 496, making February 14 St. Valentine’s Day. As Valentine’s Day continue to evolve, exchanging cards and gift-giving became a tradition. Especially popular were hand-made cards with lace and cupids in red and pink colors. The first Valentine’s Day card was mass produced in the United States in the 1850s, which was clearly a brilliant business venture.

Valentine’s Day is constantly evolving, so whether you plan to make a hand-made card or a mass produced version, make this Valentine’s Day special in your own way. Happy Valentine’s Day!