Valentine’s Day is the most looked forward day of the year. This day is celebrated on February 14th every year. Many couples express their love for each other by giving flowers, chocolates, gifts and planning surprises. With all this many of us are not aware of the hidden facts of Valentine’s Day. Let’s know a few more facts and make this day special in our own way.
1- Every year on February 14th there are about 1 billion Valentine cards that are sent. Christmas is considered to be the season where billions of cards are sent and then it’s the Valentine season.
2- It is known that teachers get the most number of Valentine’s Day cards and then children, mothers, wives and last sweethearts.
3- Kids between the ages of 6 to 10 send and exchange about 650 million Valentine’s Day cards to classmates, teachers and then family members.
4- About 73% men and 27% women buy Valentine’s Day flowers.
5- The red rose was known to be the favorite flower of the Roman goddess of love, Venus. The red color defines strong romantic feelings and therefore the red rose defines love.
6- The “signature rose” which is a perfect rose that is framed with the baby’s breath is named by a florist. It is therefore a perfect thing to gift on Valentine’s Day, birthdays and anniversaries.
7- Cupid is the symbol of love and is associated with Valentine’s Day as well. It is closely associated with Valentine’s Day because Cupid is the son of the Roman god of beauty and love, Venus. He appears with an arrow to ignite the feeling of love and is often see on Valentine’s Day cards.
8- Verona, an Italian city receives 1,000 letters every year that were sent to Juliet on Valentine’s Day. This is a place where the popular lovers Romeo and Juliet from Shakespeare’s play lived.
9- The one and only love poem that is still surviving from the times of the Sumerians who invented writing. The poem is written in a clay tablet from 3500 B.C.
10- The actual meaning of the phase “to wear your heart on your sleeve” is that young women and men took names from a bowl and chose their Valentine. The names were pinned to their sleeves for about a week. They did so, for the other person to know about their feelings.
11- On Valentine’s Day people gave wooden love spoons that had keys and hearts and keyholes as decorations. This meant that “You unlock my heart” These were popular gifts that were given.
12- One of the most beautiful monuments is the Taj Mahal in India. This was built by the great Emperor Shahjahan in memory of his wife. It is an emblem of eternal love and it took 22 years to complete this monument. About 20,000 workers put in their hard work.
13- Candies were the earliest Valentine’s Day gifts sent. Chocolates in heart shaped boxes were the most common.