In the Middle Ages, young people had to draw names from a bowl to see who their valentines would be. These names had to be worn on their sleeves for a week - giving rise to the phrase “wearing your heart on your sleeve”.
Unlock My Heart
In Wales, hearts, keys and keyholes are carved on wooden love spoons and given as gifts on February 14 to indicate “You unlock my heart”.
A Lil Bird Told Me...
According to popular belief, a woman who sees a robin flying on Valentine’s Day will be marrying a sailor. If she sees a sparrow, she will be marrying a poor man but will live happily ever after. And in case she spots a goldfinch, wow! She will tie the knot with a millionaire.
Dream up Your Date
In the 17th century, a marriage hopeful used to eat a hard-boiled egg and pinned five bay leaves to her pillow before going to sleep on the V-Day eve. It was believed that this lucky charm would make her dream of her future husband.
The first V-Day card was sent in 1415 by Charles, duke of Orleans, to his French wife. He was imprisoned in the Tower of London at the time. Today, about 1 billion cards are exchanged - the largest in number after Christmas cards.