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The History of Valentine's Day

Posted on 14 February 2017

Although the history of Valentine’s Day has several different stories associated with its origin, this is our favorite one. In the year 270 the Roman Empire was at its height. Emperor Claudius II had a young Christian priest named Valentine arrested for secretly marrying couples who were in love. The emperor believed single men made better soldiers for the empire. While imprisoned Valentine fell in love with the daughter of one of his guards. Before he was executed he left a note for her signed "From Your Valentine" The legend of St. Valentine & the holiday we now know as Valentine’s Day was born.

After the fall of the Roman Empire all the way up until the 14th century, the holiday was mostly forgotten and ignored.  It wasn’t until Geoffrey Chaucer (The father of English literature and author of The Canterbury Tales) brought about its revival and began associating the Christian feast day with romance. In 1381, Chaucer composed a poem in honor of the engagement between England's Richard II and Anne of Bohemia. (Scholars still debate if Anne of Bohemia wore bohemian clothing or boho dresses. Records from  that era are spotty at best : P)

Over the centuries the holiday evolved. By the 18th century, gift-giving and exchanging handmade cards on Valentine's Day had become common in England. Valentine cards made of lace, ribbons, and featuring cupids and hearts eventually spread to the American colonies. The tradition of Valentine's cards did not become widespread in the United States however, until 1850 and the Industrial Revolution. Today the holiday is a booming commercial success. According to the Greeting Card Association, 25% of all cards sent annually are valentines.

We hope you enjoyed all of these fascinating & fun facts about Valentine's Day. We don't just thrive to provide you with the most affordable & fashionable boho clothing, bohemian dresses & accessories; we also thrive to share our love of education & the different cultures that make the world we live in, truly wonderful!






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