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Valentine's Day Superstitions

9. February 2010 by Michelle 0 Comments

Modern celebrations of Valentine’s Day include heartfelt poems and cards, often accompanied by gifts of flowers and candy. These traditions have been carried on throughout the years, but there are some other ancient and unusual traditions, seen today as superstitions, that have fallen by the wayside.


  • On the eve of Valentine’s Day ladies would pin 5 bay leaves sprinkled with rose water to their pillows; one to the center and one to each corner. They would then remove the yolks from eggs, replace them with salt, and eat several before bed while reciting the prayer, “Good Valentine, be kind to me; In dreams, let me my true love see.” The charm proved a success if the ladies saw their future husband in their dreams that night. 
  • Brave young ladies would attempt to conjure up the appearance of her future husband by visiting a graveyard at midnight on Valentine’s Eve, singing a special chant, and running around the church 12 times.
  • Women would write the names of their sweethearts on small scraps of paper which would be placed on clay balls. The balls were dropped into water with the belief that whichever scrap of paper surfaced first would be the name of the man destined to be the future husband.
  • Men would write the names of young ladies on slips of paper and place them in a bowl. The lady whose name was drawn by an eligible bachelor became his valentine and he wore the name on his sleeve for one week. This ritual may be the origin of the saying “wearing your heart on your sleeve”.
  • A woman would choose 6 names considered to be suitable marriage partners and then begin twisting the stem of an apple while the names are recited. The name being spoken when the stem broke is the name of the man she would marry.
  • A young girl of marrying age was supposed to marry the first eligible bachelor she met on Valentine’s Day.
  • If a woman noticed a robin flying overhead on Valentine’s Day, it meant she would marry a sailor. If she saw a sparrow, she would marry a poor man but be very happy. If she looked upon a goldfinch, her husband would have great wealth.

If you’d like to have a little fun and try something different this Valentine’s Day, consider practicing some of these old traditions. They can also give you something new to chat about.