14th of February is a well known day across the whole world. It is the day when people express as well as celebrated their love. The day is known as Valentine’s Day, it is also called Saint Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine. The day first became associated with romantic love within the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the 14th century, when the tradition of courtly love flourished. In 18th-century England, it evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards (known as “valentines”). Valentine’s Day symbols that are used today include the heart shaped outline, doves, and the figure of the winged Cupid.
1. Why Is Valentines Day Celebrated
A pagan fertility ritual was held in February every year and therefore the Pope abolished this festival and announced 14 February Saint Valentine’s Day, so establishing this holiday on the Catholic Calendar of Saints. The poet Chaucer in the Middle Ages was the first to link St Valentine with romantic love.
2. The Second Largest Seasonal Card Sending Time
About 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged each year. This makes it the second largest seasonal card sending time of the year. Over 50 per cent of all Valentine’s Day cards are purchased in the six days prior to the holiday, making Valentine’s Day a procrastinator’s delight.
3. Preference About Gifting
More than one-third of men are comfortable not receiving anything from a lover on Valentine’s Day. 73 per cent of people who buy flowers on this day are men, while only 27 per cent are women. Most of the lovers decide to buy Roses because it is known that the red rose was the favourite flower of Venus, the Roman goddess of love. On other hands, Red roses are considered the flower of love because the colour red stands for strong romantic feelings.
4. Love For Pets
Don’t forget about your pets! Every year, around 9 million people buy their pets a Valentine’s Day gift. Based on retail statistics, about 3 per cent of pet owners will give gifts to their pets on this day.
5. “To Wear Your Heart On Your Sleeve”
In the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names from a bowl to see who would be their Valentine. They would wear this name pinned onto their sleeves for one week for everyone to see. This was the origin of the expression “to wear your heart on your sleeve.”
6. Marriage Proposal
220,000 is the average number of wedding proposals on Valentine’s Day each year.
7. Letter For Juliet
Every Valentine’s Day, the Italian city of Verona, where Shakespeare’s lovers Romeo and Juliet lived, receives about 1,000 letters addressed to Juliet.
8. Men Spent More Money!
Sorry men, it looks like you’ll be spending twice as much as women this year on gifts. The average man spends $130 on Valentine Day. a while women spend about $70.
More than 35 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate are sold across the country every year. Over $1 billion worth of chocolate is purchased on this romantic day in the U.S.
10. Single Awareness Day (SAD)
If you are single do not despair. You can celebrate Singles Awareness Day (SAD) instead. Meant as an alternative to Valentine’s Day, the holiday is for single people to celebrate or to commiserate in their single status. On other hands, it has been seen that many people become their own Valentine. In 2015, 18% of women sent themselves flowers.
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