16 Amazing and interesting facts about Valentine’s Day that you never knew
The most popular theme of love is Valentine’s Day when people the world over will be celebrating their love for one another in various and unique ways. One question seldom pops up in mind. What or who was the reason for Valentine’s Day? Here are ten amazing facts about Valentine’s Day that you should know about.
1 It commemorates the martyrdom of Saint Valentine
The story of Valentine’s Day originates during the reign of the Roman Emperor Claudius 2nd who forbade Roman men to marry during wartime. Bishop Valentine went against this summon and performed secret wedding which enrages the emperor and had him executed. While in jail waiting for his fate he wrote a note to the jailors daughter signing it as “your Valentine”
2 Pets are Valentine favorites
Retail statistics say that about 3 percent pet owners present valentine gifts to their pooches and pets.
3 Finland’s special Friends party
In Finland, Valentine’s Day is called “Ystavanpaiva” which simple translates in to friendship day where you can remember your friends, family and loved ones.
4 Hidden symbols for “kisses”
Many believe the X symbol meant the kiss in the medieval times. People who could not write their names signed it with an X in front of a witness. They then kissed it to show their true sincerity.
5 Girls ate bizarre food for their love
Among the facts about Valentine’s Day this is a weird UGHH!! One!! Girls in ancient medieval times really went all out to get their true love even if it meant eating weird stuff. They ate weird family concoctions which they believed would make them dream of their future husbands.
6 Bowls were used to draw out names of future partners
In medieval times, young men and women drew names from a huge bowl to see who would be their true valentine. Furthermore they would wear the name on to their shirt sleeves for a whole week to show the village they were already engaged and could not be approached by anyone else. This was the origin of the famous expressions “wearing your heart on your sleeve”.
7 King Henry the 7th declares a national holiday
King Henry the 7th, in the year 1537 officially declared Valentine’s Day on the Feb. 14th to commemorate the execution of St Valentine, and declared it a national holiday.
8 Physicians prescribed chocolates!
Physicians of 1800s commonly advised their love-sick patients to eat a lot of chocolates, to control and calm down their pining and grief for their lost love.
9 Men end up buying more roses then their female counterparts
73% of people who buy flowers on Valentine’s Day are men, only 27 % are females.
10 The first box of Valentine’s Day chocolates
The first box of Valentine’s Day chocolates was produced in the 1801 by none other than Richard Cadbury of Cadbury Chocolates.
11 Women power!
15% of US women send Valentine flowers to themselves on Valentine’s Day.
12 Procrastinators on the day of love!
Over 50% of the Valentine gifts and cards are purchased 6 days prior to the actual day itself. This makes Valentine’s day a procrastinator’s delight.
13 Women purchase more gifts!
US women alone purchase approximately 85% of all Valentine’s Day gifts.
14 Teachers are the most sought after Valentines
Teachers would receive more Valentine’s Day cards and gifts, followed by moms, children, wives and sweethearts and of course pets. So eat your hearts out lovers!
15 Humungous wedding proposals are made this day!
220,000! This is the average number of wedding proposals on the Valentine’s Day each year!
16 The significance of the Red Rose
The red rose is the favorite flower of Venus the Goddess of Love. The rose is considered the flower of love because the color red is associated with strong romantic feelings. These are the facts about Valentine’s Day. It isn’t just one day of declaring your love and forgetting about it. The theme itself is steeped in rich tradition, commitment and sacrifice in love which should be a part of your everyday life, not just one day!!