Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
I didn’t know the origins of St. Valentine’s Day,
Here are a few fun facts about St. Valentine, after whom the holiday is named:
- There are a couple of historical candidates who may have earned the name St. Valentine, but we’re not certain. One of them was a martyr.
- The celebration of Valentine’s Day as a day for couples started in the 14th Century.
- In the Catholic church, St. Valentine was the saint of marriage, beekeepers, and epilepsy.
- Chaucer may have been to blame for the start of this holiday, as it first appeared in “Parliament of Foules,” which I will share an excerpt from:
For this was on Seynt Valentynes day,
Whan every foul cometh ther to chese his make,
Of every kinde, that men thynke may;
And that so huge a noyse gan they make,
That erthe and see, and tree, and every lake
So ful was, that unnethe was ther space
For me to stonde, so ful was al the place.
This is apparently the first reference to a “Saint Valentine’s Day,” which Chaucer portrays as a day every kind of creature comes to find its mate.