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8 Fun Facts About Valentine’s Day!

It’s the season of love and we couldn’t think of a better person to celebrate it with than … you! We’re teaming up with Hudson Square Business Improvement District to share the love for our New York City community with families near and far. All week long, participate in Valentine-inspired art projects to show affection for the friends, coworkers, neighbors, educators, and pets that bring joy to our lives.

Get inspired with these eight fun facts about Valentine’s Day!

1. The custom of handing out valentines is an ancient tradition that’s over 600 years old. That means when you’re making or sending a valentine, you’re participating in history!

2. Teachers are the #1 recipients of valentines. Can you think of a special teacher or educator that deserves a valentine this year?

3. The iconic box of chocolates has been around for over 160 years. Richard Cadbury (yes, that Cadbury!) created the first heart-shaped box of chocolates in 1861.

4. California has the largest number of chocolate creators per state, followed by Pennsylvania. Which state do you think has the largest number of chocolate lovers? 😊

5. Before it became the #1 symbol of love, the heart shape symbolized memory. At the time, people thought of our hearts as “books of memory”

6. Nordic countries celebrate Friendship Day, or Ystävänpäivä, on February 14. Which friends are you grateful for this Valentine’s Day?

7. Yee-haw! There is a city in Texas called Valentine.

8. Feeling under the weather? Candy hearts started out as medical lozenges for sore throats.

Bring your valentine to a specially-marked drop-off box at Hudson Square Pharmacy located at 345 Hudson Street (around the corner from CMA!) through February 28. Valentines will be displayed in CMA’s front window for all to see. Can’t make it in-person? Submit your child’s creations here or use the hashtag #CMAVDAY when sharing on your own socials. To participate, follow along on social media at @CMAinNYC and @HudsonSquareNYC and sign up for CMA’s mailing list for projects and inspiration.

Top Image: Swan Lake by Matilda Svensson, Age 10, Sweden. Part of CMA’s permanent collection of children’s art from around the world.


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