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Valentine’s Day: February 14, 2019

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From the Library of Congress, Today in History - February 14:

“On February 14, Americans celebrate love and friendship by exchanging cards, flowers, and candy. Although the origins of Valentine’s Day are murky, ancient Romans celebrated the feast of Lupercalia, a spring festival, on the fifteenth of February. Like so many holidays, a Christian gloss was added to the pagan fete when the holiday moved to the fourteenth of February—the saint day associated with several early Christian martyrs named Valentine.

“The romance we associate with Valentine’s Day may spring from the medieval belief that birds select their mates on February 14. During the Middle Ages, lovers recited verse or prose to one another in honor of the day. The Nuremberg Chronicle (published in 1493) is believed to contain the first in-print mention of Saint Valentine, though his role as patron saint of lovers was not mentioned.”

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Source: 2016 Annual Survey of Manufactures.

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From International Trade, USA Trade Online:

  • Flowers and Jewels:

0603 Cut Flowers & Buds for Bouquets Etc., Prepared
7101 Pearls, Natural or Cultured, Not Strung or Set Etc.
7102 Diamonds, Worked or Not, Not Mounted or Set
7113 Articles of Jewelry & Pts, of Prec Metal or Clad
7117 Imitation Jewelry
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  • Candy:

31134 Non-chocolate Confectionery Products
31135 Chocolate and Confectionery

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