February 13, 2007 10:37 PM

Happy Valentines' Day

Even though it is still 1 hour and 15 minutes away from Valentines' Day, I have been receiving chocolates, candies and cards from my floormates and friends. Walking through the street, I feel I am immersed by those red and pink hearts. Here is a little FYI for those who are curious about the origin of Valentine's Day in North America.

Valentine's Day was probably imported into North America in the 19th century by British settlers. In the United States, the first mass-produced valentines of embossed paper lace were produced and sold shortly after 1847 by Esther Howland (1828-1904) of Worcester, Massachusetts. Her father operated a large book and stationery store, and she took her inspiration from an English valentine she had received. Since 2001, the Greeting Card Association has been giving an annual "Esther Howland Award for a Greeting Card Visionary."

In the second half of the 20th century, the practice of exchanging cards was extended to all manners of gifts in the United States, usually from a man to a woman. Such gifts typically include roses and chocolates. In the 1980s, the diamond industry began to promote Valentine's Day as an occasion for giving jewelry. The day has come to be associated with a generic platonic greeting of "Happy Valentine's Day."

Happy Valentine's Day, everyone!!!

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Hello, this is a great summary of what valentines day really is. I would have never guessed that Worcester, MA is a place for lovers. I recommend sending chocolate on valentines day!

Posted by Sandra B | 2007-08-14

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