Have you ever wondered why we celebrate Valentine’s Day?
It all started when St. Valentine being murdered on February 14th. Actually, there were two St. Valentines and both were murdered on the 14th in different years.
The 14th became associated with love and romance because of William Shakespeare. The poet romanticized February 14th because it was the first sign of spring when the birds would begin mating.
Nevertheless, Saints, Poets, and birds weren’t enough to kick off the popular adoption of Valentine’s Day. It took a company called Hallmark to start mass producing Valentines cards in 1913 to drive widespread observance of Valentine’s Day. Today, the average American spends $196.31 on Valentine’s.