Valentine's Day had little to do with friends originally. It all started with Christian martyrs named Valentine. Click here to read more. The history of Valentine's Day is obscure, and further clouded by various fanciful legends. The holiday's roots are in the ancient Roman festival of Lupercalia, a fertility celebration commemorated annually on February 15.
How did we get from martyrs to lovers? An interesting statistic is that 85% of all Valentine's gifts and cards are bought by women. Hmmm.
I remember buying Valentine's cards for my son to give to his classmates when he was in elementary school. What's up with that "tradition"? Who says marketing does not work?!