Today, February 2nd, has its roots in the ancient Christian tradition of Candlemas, when clergy would bless and distribute candles needed for winter. The candles represented how long and cold the winter would be. Germans expanded on the concept, by selecting an animal as a means of predicting weather. Thus its called Groundhog Day.
Whatever story is true, this day has been recognized as a special day, celebrating with red and pink roses, candies, chocolates and confectionary sweets.
The first commercial valentines in America were printed in the mid-1800s…Because it was thought that the avian mating season begins in mid-February, birds along with hearts became a symbol of the day.