This Is How Valentine’s Day Came to Be


The holiday’s history is complicated—just like your relationship status.

What do 3rd-century beheadings, a rowdy fertility festival, and the start of birds’ mating season all have in common? Valentine’s Day, of course! It turns out that the day of love and waxy, heart-shaped chocolates has origins that are a little more complicated—and a lot less Hallmark—than we thought.

Betsy Cribb