Candy, flowers and heart-shaped notes, what is there not to like about February 14? But where did this day of romance originate?
Valentine’s Day is recognized as a cultural, religious, and commercial celebration of romance and romantic love in many regions around the world, although it is not a public holiday in any country.
According to History.com, during Saint Valentine of Rome’s imprisonment, he restored sight to the blind daughter of his judge. Before his execution, he wrote her a letter signed, “Your Valentine.” Valentines Day was first celebrated in the year 496.
But over the centuries, the holiday evolved. By the 18th century, gift giving and exchanging handmade cards on Valentine’s Day had become common in England. Handmade Valentine cards, featuring cupids and hearts eventually spread to the American colonies. Then the tradition of Valentine’s cards became widespread in the United States.
Valentines Day at Lanphier is different but not so much different. While there is still gift giving and heart-shaped items everywhere, you could also buy carnations at lunch for $1, and they would be delivered to your significant other Thursday, February 14. The deliveries went on all day.
Other than the carnation delivery, Lanphier High Foods 2 and 3 classes had a bake sale during lunch on Valentine’s Day, in the foods lab to raise money to go back into the foods program.