Did you know that the oldest known Valentine, still in existence, was written in 1415 C.E.? It is a poem written by the Duke of Orleans, while imprisoned in the Tower of London, to his wife. It is housed in the manuscript collection of the British Library in London, England.
Around the world, on February 14th, different countries will be celebrating Valentine’s Day, and they each have their own unique way of celebrating. In Japan it is only the women who give chocolates on February 14th, men respond on March 14th (White Day). In the UK gifts and cards are sent anonymously, whether just a crush or married. Also in the UK, and in Spain, on St. George’s Day, April 23rd, gentlemen honor St. George’s romantic gesture of saving a princess from the clutches of an evil dragon by buying his loved one a book (sounds like my idea of the perfect gift!). Finland refers to Valentine’s Day as “Friends Day,” Guatemala also celebrates it as a day to appreciate friends. In the United States we celebrate both that of love and friendship.
No matter how you decide to celebrate Valentine’s Day, Knowledge Tree has the supplies you need for your classroom!