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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Release Date: February 14, 2023

Happy Valentine’s Day Town of Cortlandt! Today we wish you and your loved ones a healthy and lovely holiday.

While chocolate hearts and sweet cards are timeless, couples across the world are celebrating hundreds of years of traditions and customs dedicated to love. Here are a few of favorite Valentine’s Day history facts:

-Cupid has been associated with Valentine’s Day for centuries, however, before he was Cupid, he was known to the ancient Greeks as Eros, the god of love. Eros, the son of Greek goddess Aphrodite, would use two sets of arrows—one for love and another for hate—to play with the emotions of his targets. It wasn’t until stories of his mischief were told by Romans that he adopted the childlike appearance that we recognize today.

-Every year, thousands of romantics send letters addressed to Verona, Italy to “Juliet.” Each letter is answered by a team of volunteers from the Juliet Club and on Valentine's Day, the club awards the "Cara Giulietta" ("Dear Juliet") prize to the author of the most touching love letter.

-The term “wearing your heart on your sleeve” began in the Middle Ages when men would draw the names of women who they would be coupled with for the upcoming year. After choosing, the men wore the names on their sleeves to show their bond during Roman festivities honoring Juno.

-Sweethearts, the iconic chalky heart-shaped candies that have been passed out lovingly every Valentine’s Day started out as lozenges. Pharmacist and inventor Oliver Chase created a machine that would quickly create the lozenges before switching to using the machine to create candy. Chase’s brother came up with the idea to print messages on the candy in 1866, and the candies got their heart shape in 1901, appealing specifically to Valentine’s Day sweethearts.