Valentine’s Day is celebrated in the United States, Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, France and Australia. Historians believe that Americans didn’t start celebrating the holiday until the early 1700’s. The first mass-produced valentines were made in the 1840’s by Esther Howland, known as the “Mother of the Valentine”. Today, over 1 billion Valentine’s Day greeting cards are sold each year, second only to Christmas cards (2.5 billion Christmas Cards sell every year.).
So, how did this holiday come to be? Actually, there is no one story about Saint Valentine.
One version tells of a priest living in Rome during the third century. The priest continued to hold weddings after the emperor decided that single men made for better soldiers and outlawed marriage. Valentine’s actions were eventually discovered and the emperor called for his death.
A second version says that Valentine was killed for helping Christians escape Roman prisons. He fell in love with the jailor’s daughter, writing her a note that was signed “from your Valentine”, a phrase that is still used today.
Join us in Teen Central for a Valentine’s Day Party on February 11th from 4-7pm. Dress up or down. There will be photo booths, dance competitions, and prizes! This party was organized by teens for teens, so don’t miss out!
Looking for books to help celebrate your Valentine’s Day?
Check out our list, here, for everything from dating advice to the story of chocolate and a wide variety of teen romance novels.