Why do we celebrate Valentine’s Day?
Well it started with 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 a British poet. 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.
In case you were wondering, the British Poet’s name was William Shakespeare.