Valentine Traditions and Superstitions
In the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names from a bowl to see who their valentines would be. They would wear these names on their sleeves for one week. To wear your heart on your sleeve now means that it is easy for other people to know how you are feeling.
Some people used to believe that if a woman saw 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 and be very happy. If she saw a goldfinch, she would marry a millionaire.
Some people said if you found a glove on the road on Valentine's Day, your future beloved will have the other missing glove.
Some believed the first man's name you read in the paper or hear will be the name of the man you will marry.
Pick a dandelion that has gone to seed. Take a deep breath and blow the seeds into the wind. Count the seed that remain on the stem, and that is the number of children you will have.
Or, cut an apple in half and count how many seeds are inside, you can also tell how many children you will have.