Even though its full name is Saint Valentine’s Day, most people refer to the holiday as Valentine’s Day or even as ‘The Feast of Valentine’s Day’. This holiday was originally intended to celebrate Saint Valentinus, a priest who performed weddings for soldiers who were not allowed to marry but who was also persecuted for ministering to Christians.
Interestingly enough, Valentine’s Day wasn’t associated with romance or love until the 1700s when English people started celebrating it more or less the way we celebrate it today. For your consideration, we gathered ten of the most interesting facts associated with Valentine’s Day.
9Wearing your heart on your sleeve
In the middle ages, there was an annual Roman festival held in honor of Juno, the queen of Roman gods and goddesses. During the festival, young men drew names from a bowl to see who would be their Valentine. They would then pin the name onto their sleeves for the remainder of the festival. This birthed the phrase ‘to wear your heart on your sleeve’, a phrase people have been using to this day.