The Origin of Valentine's Day: Friends With Benefits, Hedgehogs, and Bee Keepers?!

February 14, 2020
Weird Valentine

We all know today is filled with lots of mushy gushy love, but I'm about to show you a new world of weird information about this day that you may not know. So I present to thee...the top 5 weirdest facts I found while researching through the deepest parts of the interwebs:

1. One theory of the origin of Valentine's Day came from Ancient Rome, when Emperor Claudius II declared marriage illegal during wartimes because he thought single men were better soldiers. St Valentine was said to have conducted secret marriages as a result.

2. The term, "wear your heart on your sleeve" also comes from this story. After Emperor Claudius II made marriage illegal, he encouraged temporary coupling. Once a year, during a Roman festival, men drew names to determine who would be their lady friend for the coming year. The man would wear her name on his sleeve for the rest of the festival (so basically this emperor invented friends with benefits).

3. During medieval times, young women thought eating weird food like roasted hedgehog (noooooo!) on Valentine’s Day would allow them to dream of their future husbands.

4. St Valentine is known as the patron saint of lovers, but he's also the patron saint of epilepsy (which he is rumored to have suffered from), plague, greetings, travelers, young people, and bee keepers. (Happy BEE Day!!!)

5. King Henry VIII declared February 14th a holiday in 1537. It's super ironic, because he's also the king who created an entire church so he could get a divorce and killed most of his wives for not giving him a son. 

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Happy Valentine's Day!!! <3 -Chelsea