Interesting Facts About Valentine’s Day: The Special Day For Lovers

Saint Valentine’s Day, popularly known as Valentine’s Day is observed on February 14 every year. The day was originally meant to celebrate Saint Valentinus, who did weddings for the soldiers who were disallowed to marry.
Valentine’s Day is celebrated in several countries all over the world, even though it remains a working day in many of them. Every February 14th, across the US and in some other regions around the world, lovers exchange gifts, flowers and candy all in the name of Saint Valentine.
Previously, sweethearts exchanged various tokens of affection like little gifts, flowers, chocolates, and beautiful cards. Nowadays, Valentine’s Day has developed to include not only romantic love but also the love of each kind including friends and family members.
Many of us know that Valentine’s Day is supposed to be a special day to declare our love. It’s a holiday which sells many greeting cards with the exception of Christmas, and it’s also a holiday where gifts of flowers and candy are free and not very freely offered as tokens of love.
Before middle ages, people didn’t associate Valentine’s Day with romantic love. By 1700s in England, it started to resemble Valentine’s Day we all know today. At this period, lovers began to express their affection with gifts of cards, candy, and flowers, that were known as ‘valentines.’
From its nasty origins to its sweet, chocolaty present-day traditions, these are interesting facts about Valentine’s Day.
1. The most famous theory about the origin of Valentine’s Day is that Emperor Claudius II had given the order to stop all Roman men from marrying during the period of war. Saint Valentine went against his demands and conducted secret weddings. For this, St. Valentine was imprisoned and eventually executed. While in prison, he wrote a letter to the daughter of the jailor signing it “from your Valentine.”
2. People around the world exchange nearly one billion Valentine’s Day cards. Therefore, this makes it the second largest seasonal card-sending period of the year.
3. If you are single, do not despair. Instead, you can celebrate Singles Awareness Day (SAD). Established as an alternative to Valentine’s Day, SAD is meant for single individuals to commiserate or to celebrate their single status.
4. 73% of people who purchase flowers for Valentine’s Day are men, while only 27% are women.
5. The Italian city of Verona, where Romeo and Juliet (the Shakespeare’s lovers) lived, receives nearly one thousand letters addressed to Juliet every Valentine’s Day.
6. In 2011, Iran banned all Valentine teddy bears, gifts, cards, and some other tokens as part of the Islamic Republic criticism against the spread of Western culture. Besides, some religious activists in Pakistan and India protest Valentine’s Day as the day of the disgrace of lust. They believe it is a Western holiday in which the Westerners satisfy their “sex thirst.”
7. The condom company Durex reveals that the sales of condoms are 20% to 30% higher around Valentine’s Day.
8. British kids in the 18th and 19th centuries would celebrate Valentine’s Day by going from one home to another singing songs and at times begging for money or cake.
9. In Germany, girls used to plant onions in a pot on Valentine’s Day, and they placed the name of a boy next to those onions. They believed that they would eventually marry the boy whose name was nearest the first onion to grow.
10. The famous phrase “to wear your heart on your sleeve” has a historical meaning. In the middle ages, young individuals would draw a name of their Valentine from a bowl. They were supposed to wear the name on their sleeve for a week.
11. Physicians of the 1800s often advised the patients to eat chocolate to calm their pain or pining for the lost love.
12. Teachers will get the most Valentine’s gifts. Kids, mothers, wives and of course, our girlfriends follows on the list.

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