Some kids see Valentine’s Day as nothing more than a chance to grab a little bit of heart-shaped candy. Other kids just plain don’t care about the holiday (come on, having to give out all those Valentines is such a pain). But for even those hard cases, the history of Valentine’s Day is really interesting -- especially once they find out that it’s not all about little babies shooting heart-shaped arrows at people.
The truth is, Valentine’s Day is one big mystery, but there are some great stories about its origin nonetheless. The little princess in your life might find it swoon-worthy that Valentine may have been an imprisoned man who fell in love with his jailer's daughter. Before he was put to death, he sent her the world’s first Valentine, signed, of course, with his name.
Read on for some other cool theories and facts about the origin of this love-filled holiday.
Another legend holds that a priest by the name of St. Valentine secretly married couples in love during the third century. The Emperor had forbidden his soldiers from getting married, believing that single soldiers performed better in battle. St. Valentine disagreed, and so he married couples in secret.
The more likely, though less star-crossed, reason for the holiday goes all the way back to the ancient Roman holiday called Lupercalia. The festival honored Juno, the Roman goddess of women and marriage.
Here are a few other Valentine's Day facts your kids might enjoy:
What trivia will you be sharing with your kids about Valentine’s Day?
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