Valentine’s Day is just here and we all know that it is the day to celebrate love. It is the perfect day when we appreciate our partner by giving them gifts, taking them for romantic dinners, and doing something special for them.
We all know how this day is celebrated, but what we have here is a list of interesting facts about Valentine’s Day that you never knew before.
#1. The myth
There is no official evidence about why Valentine’s Day is celebrated, but there are many myths and two of those myths are really famous. The first myth is that this day is celebrated as Lupercalia, a raucous Roman festival is celebrated on February 15 where naked men spank young maidens to increase their fertility. Second, it is believed that St. Valentine who defied his King’s order of no marriage during war time was hanged on 14th February.
#2. The chocolate box
The tradition of giving chocolate boxes on this day has been around for more than 1400 years. But, it was first started by Richard Cadbury who, in 1868, gave his wife a heart-shaped box of chocolates on Valentine’s Day.
#3. Heart on Sleeves
‘Wearing your heart on your sleeves’ is not just a phrase. During middle ages, men would draw the name of their potential Valentine’s and wear it on their sleeves for an entire week. This way all the girls would know what is actually there in the man’s heart.
#4. Roses are red
Roses are the most preferred flowers on Valentine’s Day. It is mainly because the Romans believed that rose is Venus’ favourite flower who is the goddess of love. The rose bud is an icon for romantic feelings.
#5. Not signing the Valentine’s Day card
With the sale of about 1 billion cards, Valentine’s Day is the second most famous day for exchanging cards. However, you must not sign it as the Victorians considered it really unlucky.
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#6. Friend’s day
Kuch Kuch Hota Hai taught us that friendship is love and love is friendship. In Iceland, Ystävänpäivä is celebrated on 14th February which means “friends’ day”. It is about celebrating friendship.
#7. V-day breakfast
The women of the medieval times use to eat special foods like chocolates, on Valentine’s Day as it was supposed to help them dream about their future Valentine.
#8. Buy the bouquet
Girls love flowers more, but men buy flowers more than girls. Maximum number of men buy flowers on Valentine’s Day as compared to women.
#9. Letters to Juliet
Verona, an Italian city, where the titular characters of Shakespeare’s famous novel, Romeo and Juliet lived, receives more than 1000 letters, addressed to Juliet on Valentine’s Day.
#10. Girl power
Girls love buying and receiving gifts, and it is a universal fact. It becomes quite prominent on Valentine’s Day as about 85% of the people who buy gifts on Valentine’s Day are girls.
#11. Who gets the gifts?
Children usually have a cute fascination for their teachers which make them the ones who receive the most number of gifts on the Valentine’s Day, followed by mothers, wives and pets. Parents receive one out of every five V-day gifts.
#12. Love thy pet
Anyone who owns a pet knows that they tend to draw a lot of love from their owners. It is obvious that a lot of people celebrate this day with their pets, spending oodles of money on their grooming.
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#13. Love is in the air
During the Middle Ages, the French and the English believed that February 14 marks the beginning of the mating season of birds, which was then associated with the romantic Valentine’s Day.
#14. Precaution is better than cure
According to Durex, the condom sales rise up to 20-30% during this time of the year. Also, the sale of home pregnancy test kits reach its peak a month after the V-day, that is, in March.
#15. Something Syphy
The cure of Syphilis, Penicillin, was invented by Sir Alexander Fleming in 1928 on Valentine’s Day. The discovery for the cure of STD on the most romantic day of the year is quite ironic.
All the single people want Cupid to shoot their crush with a love arrow. Well, Cupid is the son of Venus, the Roman Goddess of love and beauty. This little mischievous God of desire will be your best friend on Valentine’s Day.
#17. Love at first sight
During the Middle Ages, people believed that if you are single, the first single person of the opposite sex that you will see on the Valentine’s Day will become your spouse.
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Well, Valentine’s Day is one such event which is surrounded by many myths and weird facts. Whatever it may be, this all just makes this day even more mysterious and romantic.