The festivities proceeded in this way: "In honor of the goddess Juno Februata, the names of young women were put into a box.
Youths then drew the names and the boys and girls so matched would be considered partners for the year."
Later, "everywhere that the Christians came into power they immediately adopted the holidays and customs of the people to their own creed."
St. Valentine's Day was born when girls' names were replaced with those of saints whom the young people could imitate for that year. But, being matched with girls was more fun, so this tradition soon resumed.
Today, Valentine's Day sees more greeting cards delivered than any other holiday besides Christmas.
Do you need to create a unique Valentine for someone you love? You can pick any of the drawing guides listed below, or combine them to make your own unique picture.
For each fun drawing tutorial, you will see step-by-step illustrations as well as written instructions.
New lines added in each picture are highlighted in blue. Some steps will require an eraser.
Don't forget to color your finished drawings - red and pink are the most common Valentine's Day colors.
Year-round art tip: don't just say "I love you" one day of the year! You can use these drawing tutorials to treat family and friends to a special message at any time.
Now, it's time to draw - and you're sure to fall in love with it!
This drawing pattern includes many hearts and a ribbon banner that reads "HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY." Did you know? No one really knows who St. Valentine was. There are at least three different tales of this mysterious and legendary man.
A rose by any other name would smell as sweet. Learn how to sketch this single rose, and give the drawing to someone you love. Did you know? Rose colors have different meanings - for example, red is for love and yellow is for friendship.
You can quite literally give someone the key to your heart with the help of this drawing. The padlock is in the shape of a fancy heart, and it can only be unlocked with the matching old-timey skeleton key.