Valentine’s day is known as the romantic day of the year. As you pick up those beautiful long stem red roses for your loved one, you may wonder where the tradition of red roses came to be.
Red roses have long been the symbol of love. It all started back in Greek mythology when the Goddess of Love, Venus, chose her favorite flower to be a rose. From then on, a rose would be the symbol of love. The color red has always related to the emotion of love and passion.
Fast forward to the Victorian era, when lovers would secretly send messages through flowers, using floriography (the meaning of flowers) to communicate to their love ones. A dozen roses soon became the arrangement of choice to show how much you love them, making it the official arrangement for Valentine’s Day.
The box of chocolate became a Valentine’s Day staple, all because of a guy name Richard Cadbury. Back in the Victorian era, people became obsessed with showering their love ones with gifts and flowers, then came the box of chocolates. Richard Cadbury figured out a new way to get the cocoa from the beans, which gave it a much more palatable taste then what Victorian Brits were used too. He may not have patented the heart shaped box, but he started selling his Valentine’s day candy in a heart shaped box, claiming that after all the treats were eaten from the box, it could still be used to hold love letters or a lock of hair from an admirer.
Valentine’s Day is the second biggest holiday to send cards, one step behind Christmas. An estimated 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are sent each year. The earliest Valentine’s Day card on record was from 1400’s, written by the imprisoned duke of Orleans, in the tower of London, who wrote a Valentine to his wife.
When St. Valentine was imprisoned, he fell in love with his jailer’s daughter. Before he died he wrote her a letter, and signed it “From Your Valentine.” How he signed his letter is now the ending in most Valentine’s Day cards. By the 1800’s it became popular to exchange gifts to friends and love ones. The earliest cards were hand painted and edges covered in lace. By the 1900’s the invention of better printing presses gave way to paper lace and manufactured Valentine’s Day cards.
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