Who selected Feb 14th as Valentine's Day?

@Bee1955 (3885)
United States
February 13, 2007 10:39am CST
In 496 A.D. Pope Gelasius set aside February 14 to honour St. Valentine. Gradually, February 14 became the date for exchanging love messages and St. Valentine became the patron saint of lovers. The date was marked by sending poems and simple gifts such as flowers. There was often a social gathering or a ball. In the United States, Miss Esther Howland is given credit for sending the first valentine cards. Commercial valentines were introduced in the 1800's and now the date is very commercialised. The town of Loveland, Colorado, does a large post office business around February 14. The spirit of good continues as valentines are sent out with sentimental verses and children exchange valentine cards at school.
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@villageanne (8554)
• United States
13 Feb 07
More interesting info from you. Again, I had no idea how Valentines day began or by whom. This is interesting that it has such a long history. Amazing how it has grown since the 1800's.
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