Bet You Didn't Know: History of Valentine's Day

This clip describes the surprising history of Valentine's Day and includes interesting facts about it. It states that not much is known about Saint Valentine, after whom the holiday is named, especially since there were multiple Christian clerics with that name. Also, the clip details the large economic and social impact of the holiday on the United States.

Public Discussion Questions


  1. How do Americans celebrate Valentine's Day?
  2. What ancient Roman holiday does it have roots in?
  3. When did people start exchanging Valentines?
  4. How much do Americans spend on Valentine's Day? What do they buy?

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This clip is associated with the following standards:
  • Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills - Social Studies
    The student understands that holidays are celebrations of special events. The student is expected to:
  • Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills - Social Studies
    The student understands that holidays are celebrations of special events. The student is expected to:
  • Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills - Social Studies
    The student understands the importance of family and community beliefs, customs, language, and tradi...
  • Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills - Social Studies
    describe and explain the importance of various beliefs, customs, language, and traditions of familie...
  • Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills - Social Studies
    explain the way folktales and legends such as Aesop's fables reflect beliefs, customs, language, and...
  • Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills - Social Studies
    compare the observance of holidays and celebrations, past and present.
  • Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills - Social Studies
    explain the significance of religious holidays and observances such as Christmas, Easter, Ramadan, t...

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