It’s the season of love and we couldn’t think of a better person to celebrate it with than … you! We’re teaming up with Hudson Square Business Improvement District to share the love for our New York City community with families near and far. All week long, participate in Valentine-inspired art projects to show affection for the friends, coworkers, neighbors, educators, and pets that bring joy to our lives. Get inspired with these eight fun facts about Valentine’s Day.
Get inspired with these eight fun facts about Valentine’s Day!
1. The custom of handing out valentines is an ancient tradition that’s over 600 years old. That means when you’re making or sending a valentine, you’re participating in history!
2. Teachers are the #1 recipients of valentines. Can you think of a special teacher or educator that deserves a valentine this year?
3. The iconic box of chocolates has been around for over 160 years. Richard Cadbury (yes, that Cadbury!) created the first heart-shaped box of chocolates in 1861.
4. California has the largest number of chocolate creators per state, followed by Pennsylvania. Which state do you think has the largest number of chocolate lovers?
5. Before it became the #1 symbol of love, the heart shape symbolized memory. At the time, people thought of our hearts as “books of memory”
6. Nordic countries celebrate Friendship Day, or Ystävänpäivä, on February 14. Which friends are you grateful for this Valentine’s Day?
7. Yee-haw! There is a city in Texas called Valentine.
8. Feeling under the weather? Candy hearts started out as medical lozenges for sore throats.
Pictured: "Swan Lake" by Matilda Svensson, age 10, Sweden. Courtesy of CMA's permanent collection of children's art from around the world.