The History of LUV Day

Have birds always chirped and have flowers always perked up on February 14th, Valentine’s Day? Do all companies, like Celebrity Foods, decorate their offices with red hearts and streamers? The answer is no. Since Valentine’s Day only came into being in the 14th century, prior to that it was just another day in the dead of winter.

According to a CNN special in 2002, the day dedicated to love started as a result of author Geoffrey Chaucer and Saint Valentine. At the time, Chaucer was writing a poem for an arranged marriage to be and searching for a saint to honor on the couple’s engagement day. He chose Saint Valentine because as the feast honoring him corresponded with the day of the couple’s engagement. So inspired, Chaucer chose to write a poem called “The Parliament of Fowls”. For his poem, Chaucer dreamed up the idea that all birds found their mate on this couple’s engagement day, May 3rd. After Chaucer died, Valentine’s Day got pushed back to February because the first song birds that traditionally warble after winter tend to debut in mid-February.

If you know of any Valentine’s Day trivia, reply to this post. Share the love man.


1 Comment »

  1. Anonymous said

    Wonder how the heart shaped stuff came about…

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