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Fun Valentine’s Day Facts for Kids 2024

Saint Valentine’s Day is celebrated during winter on February 14th. We usually call it Valentine’s Day. It is a day to celebrate the people that you love.

Do you want to learn facts about Valentine’s Day? Did you know that Valentine’s Day is the second most popular day for giving greeting cards? If you want to learn why we celebrate Valentine’s Day and where the holiday originated, check out these fun Valentine’s Day Facts for Kids!

 

Valentine's Day facts for kids

Origin of Valentine’s Day

Although no one knows the exact origin of Saint Valentine’s Day, it is believed that it started in the Roman Empire around 270AD under the rule of Claudius II.

During wartime, Claudius did not want men to get married because he believed it made them weak.

It is said that a Roman priest, Bishop Valentine, would perform secret wedding ceremonies so men could marry their sweethearts.

Bishop Valentine got in big trouble for performing marriage ceremonies and was sent to jail.

While in jail, Bishop Valentine wrote a love letter to the jailer’s daughter and signed it from your Valentine. This became the world’s first Valentine.

Bishop Valentine was put to death for his crime on February 14th.

King Henry VII of England declared St. Valentine’s Day a holiday in 1537.

Valentine’s Day Symbols

Valentine’s Day is like a big, love-filled puzzle with pieces like Cupid, candy, red, flowers, and cards! Let’s zoom in and discover the super cool stories behind why these awesome things are part of our Valentine’s Day celebrations.

cupid

Cupid

Cupid is the Roman god of desire, love, and affection and a symbol of Valentine’s Day. In Greek mythology, Cupid is known as the Greek God Eros. In Latin (ancient language), Cupid means Amor. Amor in English means love.

He is a charming cherub, a winged angelic being, is often described as a chunky baby or toddler with blonde hair holding a bow and arrow. If two people are hit with Cupids arrow, they fall in love. To learn more about Cupid, check out our article on facts about Cupid.

Red and Valentine’s Day

Why is the color red the symbol of Valentine’s Day? Red is the color of blood.  It was once believed that the heart (the body’s organ that pumps the blood) is the part of the body where your feelings come from.

During Medieval Times, girls would eat unusual foods on Valentine’s Day.  It was believed that it made them have dreams about their future husband.

During the Middle Ages, men and women would pick names out of a bowl, and the person’s name they drew would be considered their Valentine.  They would wear that person’s name on their sleeve for a week; this is where the saying ” wear your heart on your sleeve ” comes from.

The oldest known Valentine’s Day card is on display at the British Museum in London; it dates back to the 1400s.

Printable Valentine's Day Facts infographic
Printable Valentine’s Day Facts infographic

Where is Valentine’s Day Celebrated?

Valentine’s Day is celebrated in America, Italy, the United Kingdom, Mexico, Canada, France, Australia, Denmark and other countries worldwide.

In Shakespeare’s play  Romeo and Juliet, it is said that they lived in Verona, Italy.  Thousands of Valentine’s Day cards are sent to Verona and addressed to Juliet every year.

A popular Valentine’s Day tradition is for loved ones to exchange gifts.

Can you guess the most popular gift for Valentine’s Day? If you guessed chocolate, then you would be right.  On average, 44% of the population receives chocolate on Valentine’s Day.  To be specific, heart-shaped boxes of chocolate are the most popular. 

Other popular Valentine’s Day gifts include red roses, cards, and jewelry.

On average, women spend less money than men on Valentine’s Day gifts.

Many children hand out little Valentine’s cards and tiny treats to their class on Valentine’s Day.

Pets get Valentine’s, too! Over 20% of pet owners purchase Valentine’s for their pets.

Chocolates and Valentine’s Day

Some say that chocolate increases energy levels and a person’s desire.  Scientists say that eating chocolate releases endorphins. Endorphins are receptors in your brain that can trigger a positive and happy feeling.

But there’s more to the story! Chocolate can help make people feel all warm and fuzzy inside. It’s like a tasty hug for your taste buds! Plus, there’s something romantic about chocolate – it’s a symbol of sweetness, just like the sweet feelings we have for our special someone.

And here’s a fun fact: Chocolate has been linked to love for centuries! It’s said that back in ancient times, people believed chocolate c could make you feel more in love.

So, when you give or receive chocolate on Valentine’s Day, you’re not just sharing a treat – you’re passing around a bit of love and happiness!

Richard Cadbury made the first box of chocolates for Valentine’s Day in the 1800s. This helped start the tradition of giving chocolate for Valentine’s Day.

Chocolate comes from the theobroma cacao tree.  Theobroma comes from the Greek word meaning “food of the gods.”

Chocolate is the most popular gift for Valentine’s Day.  It is estimated that over 1 billion dollars are spent on chocolates and candies for Valentine’s Day.

Can you guess what the most popular chocolates sold for Valentine’s Day are? If you guessed heart-shaped boxes of chocolate, you’d be correct!

Conversation Hearts

Let’s take a sweet trip back in time to uncover the fascinating tale of Conversation Hearts!

Conversation hearts are a popular Valentine’s candy. They are chalky candy hearts with cute red words on them. Guess what? A clever Boston pharmacist named Oliver Chase whipped up the first batch in 1866! He created America’s first candy-making machine.

Later, Chase founded the New England Confectionary Company or NECCO.

But get this: they weren’t heart-shaped until 1902. Before that, they were bigger and had even bigger phrases. Sweet, right?

Love Birds

Love Birds

Have you ever heard the term “lovebirds”? It’s not just about people in love; it’s also a common name for a bird called Agapornis! A type of small parrot. These feathery friends are like the real-life Cupids of the bird world. So, when you hear “lovebirds,” it might mean a pair of lovey-dovey people or these adorable winged buddies spreading love in the bird kingdom!

valentine's day facts for kids

Why do people give roses for Valentine’s Day?

It is believed that the tradition of giving red roses for Valentine’s Day has to do with the Greek Mythology Goddess Aphrodite and the Roman mythology goddess Venus; Aphrodite is the goddess of love, beauty, and pleasure.  In Roman mythology, Venus is the goddess of love.

In Greek mythology, it is believed that Aphrodite saw her boyfriend Adonis wounded by a wild boar. She ran to him, and when the mixture of her tears and his blood hit the ground, it created a red rose bush.

In Roman mythology, it was Venus who was running toward Adonis when she cut her ankles when she ran through a thorn bush, and her blood turned everything it touched into blooming roses.

A flower’s color has different meanings. Red roses are like nature’s love notes, shouting, “I love you!” Deep pink flowers dance in joy and stand for happiness. Purple flowers stand for royalty. And white flowers? They stand for sincerity (genuine and honest).

Interesting Facts

60% of America’s red roses are grown in the state of California.

It is estimated that 2 billion dollars are spent on flowers for Valentine’s Day.

Giving flowers became popular during the Victorian Era. Valentine’s Day is the 2nd most popular holiday for giving flowers, and Mother’s Day is the first.

Lace is a fabric that is associated with Valentine’s Day.  Lace comes from the Latin word ” laques,” meaning to snare or net, to catch a person’s heart.

Teachers receive the most Valentine’s Day cards, followed by children, mothers, wives, girlfriends/boyfriends, and pets.

Over 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are sent worldwide every year. It is the 2nd biggest holiday for sending cards. Christmas is first.

Hallmark is a popular greeting card company. They make over 1,400 Valentine’s card designs every year.

Did you know that Groundhog Day was originally held on February 14th?

Top Ten Interesting Valentine’s Day Facts for Kids

  1. King Henry VII of England declared St. Valentine’s Day a holiday in 1537.
  2. Cupid is the Roman God of Desire and Affection. He is known as a charming cherub (a winged angelic being).
  3. Richard Cadbury made the first box of chocolates for Valentine’s Day in the 1800s.
  4. Chocolate is the most popular Valentine’s Day Gift.
  5. Teachers receive the most Valentine’s Day cards.
  6. During Medieval Times, girls would eat unusual foods on Valentine’s Day.  It was believed that it made them have dreams about their future husband.
  7. Lace is a fabric that is associated with Valentine’s Day.  Lace comes from the Latin word ” laques” meaning to snare or net, to catch a person’s heart.
  8. It is estimated that a total of 18.2 billion dollars will be spent on gifts and dates for Valentine’s Day.
  9. The oldest known Valentine’s Day card is on display at the British Museum in London; it dates back to the 1400s.
  10. In Shakespeare’s play  Romeo and Juliet, it is said that they lived in Verona, Italy.  Every year, thousands of Valentine’s Day cards are sent to Verona addressed to Juliet.

Interesting Valentine’s Day Fact: Alexander Graham Bell applied for a patent on the telephone on Valentine’s Day in 1876.

Valentine’s Day Printable Worksheets and Coloring Pages

Click on the links below to print out free Valentine’s Day worksheets and coloring pages for your children or students. Perfect for preschoolers, kindergarten, and elementary school students.

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