Valentine’s Day dates back to the Middle Ages; it was commonly believed in France and England that February 14th was the beginning of birds’ mating season and by extension that this day would also be a good time for all romance!
Written valentine’s appeared first in the 1400’s. The oldest known valentine still in existence today was a poem written in 1415 by Charles, Duke of Orleans, to his wife while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London following his capture at the Battle of Agincourt. For those who wish to see the original, it is now part of the manuscript collection of the British Library in London. It is entitled “Farewell to Love”.
Fast forward to modern day. According to the Greeting Card Association, 190 million Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged annually. The number one most desired Valentine’s Day treat is chocolate. Chocolate covered strawberries and a box of chocolates vie for first place among candy offerings.
In most states, it is legal to consume any amount of chocolate. Not so in Idaho however. According to Upcounsel, it is illegal for a man to give his sweetheart a box of candy that weighs more than fifty pounds. And even more disappointing for Idahoans is that it is against the law to kiss in public for more than eighteen minutes.
But residents from Idaho are doing better on the romance front than those in Halethorpe, Maryland where it is still illegal to kiss for longer than sixty seconds. For the rest of us, let’s pucker up and enjoy our romantic freedoms!
Happy Valentine’s Day.