“One of the deep secrets of life is that all that is really worth the doing is what we do for others.”
― Lewis Carroll
Valentine’s Day is a special opportunity to show our appreciation for those we love. Grown-ups are familiar with the holiday, but, Valentine’s Day for children may be completely new! To help them understand the meaning behind this special day, we’ve compiled a fact-filled post on Valentine’s Day for kids.
What is Valentine’s Day?
Though it is not a public holiday, Valentine’s Day is a significant cultural day celebrating ‘Love’ across the globe. So, what does valentine’s day mean to people? For some, it’s a religious or cultural celebration. Mostly, it’s a commercial celebration of romance in many regions around the world.
What Day is Valentine’s Day On?
14th of February marks the start of Valentine’s Day and ends that same day. Why this particular date you say? Well, let’s start where the holiday first began. Some believe the day derived from an Ancient Roman festival called “Lupercalia”. But, there’s no real evidence linking this.
The actual history of St Valentine’s Day dates all the way back to the 3rd century. Notice how we added in ‘St’ short for ‘Saint’? That’s because we remember the origin of Valentine’s Day as the “Feast Day of Saint Valentine”. It’s a celebration of love and affection.
The Story of Saint Valentine
The story of Saint Valentine is believed to be about one or more Christian martyrs honoured on this day. This is because Numerous early Christian martyrs were named Valentine. Some believe the martyrs to be “Valentine of Rome” or “Valentine of Terni”. Since then, the holiday has been altered and practiced throughout different decades in their name.
In the 14th century, the writer Geoffrey Chaucer made the holiday a romantic notion called “courtly love”, where heroic knights and members of the court expressed their love through confectionaries such as flowers and cards. This is where the tradition of giving gifts has stemmed from today. So, if your kids wonder what is Valentine’s Day and why do we celebrate it, they’ll know it all started with St (or saints) Valentine.
How to Teach Kids About Valentine’s Day
Valentine’s Day is celebrated worldwide with different customs. Couples go out to dinner whilst children mark the day by giving cards, friendship books and chocolate. For a detailed guide on what to read to them, check out our post on the best children’s valentines books. Novelty gift shops put up decorations to commemorate the day. Why do we celebrate Valentine’s Day this way? It’s the one day of the year where we can celebrate ‘Love’.
This doesn’t have to be romantic love. It’s important on this day, especially Valentine’s Day for kids, to help them acknowledge family love between the parent and child and the love between best friends. Every day should be a celebration of this kind of love but on February 14th, it’s the one day every year where people practice the tradition of giving tokens to celebrate the purest feeling of ‘Love’.
Five Fun Facts About Valentine’s Day
- Did you know red roses were the favourite flower of Venus, the Roman goddess of love?
- In 2018, 22 million people in the UK bought or were given a gift in return for Valentine’s Day.
- Did you know that pet owners buy Valentine’s gifts for their pet? Nearly 10 million pet owners buy Valentine’s gifts for their pets each year.
- Cupid is associated with Valentine’s Day because he is the son of Venus, the goddess of love. He is depicted in mythology with his signature bow and arrow.
- The most common symbols associated with Valentine’s Day include hearts, doves, cupid and his bow and arrow, lock and keys and roses.