Valentine's Day Facts: Greetings, Messages, Videos, Do's & Don't
- Some trace it to Lupercalia, an ancient Roman festival
- Some experts associate the event with two saints named valentine of the early Christian church. One of them would secretly conduct marriage of couples by disobeying the rule of Roman Emperor, Claudius; while other was a lover of children but, was imprisoned when he would not honor other gods. The children missed him and wrote messages of affection to him through the bars of the cell. This can be considered as the beginning of exchanging messages.
- Some link it with an old English belief that love birds choose their mates on February 14.
Valentine's Day probably came from a combination of all the above sources, along the belief that spring is a time for lovers.
Valentine’s Day Interesting facts
- The modern day celebration of Valentines Day is believed to begin in France and England.
- Cupid (symbol for Roman God of love), doves, love birds, roses, hearts and arrows are all symbols of the Valentine’s Day celebration.
- Pope Gelasius declared February 14 St. Valentine's Day around 498 A.D.
- In Great Britain, Valentine's Day began to be celebrated around seventeenth century. By the middle of the eighteenth century, it was common for friends and lovers to exchange small tokens of affection or handwritten notes.
- In Medieval times, girls ate bizarre foods on St Valentine's Day to dream of their future spouse.
- There was a belief in the Middle Ages that the first unmarried person (of the opposite sex) you met on the morning of St. Valentine's Day would become your spouse.
- The first Valentine gift was sent by Duke of Orleans to his wife, after he was captured in 1415.
- 73% of Valentine Day flowers are bought by men, whereas women buy only 23% of Valentine flowers.
- Around 3% of pet owners prefer to give Valentine gifts to their pets, as they are more grateful than humans.
- In olden times, some people believed that if a woman saw a robin flying overhead on Valentine's Day, it meant she would marry a sailor. If she saw a sparrow, she would marry a poor man and be very happy. If she saw a goldfinch, she would marry a millionaire.
- The heart is the most common symbol of romantic love. Ancient cultures believed the human soul lived in the heart and its red color is though to be the most romantic.
- The red rose was the favorite flower of Venus, the Roman goddess of love. Since red stands for strong feelings, red rose is a flower of love.
- The first Valentine's Day box of chocolates was introduced by Richard Cadbury in 1868.
- In Wales, wooden love spoons were carved and given as gifts on Valentine’s Day. Hearts, keys and keyholes were favorite Valentine decorations on the wooden spoons that meant, "You unlock my heart!"
- In addition to the United States, Valentine's Day is celebrated in Canada, Mexico, United Kingdom, France, Australia, Denmark, and Italy.
- The most fantastic gift of love is the Taj Mahal in India. It was built by Mughal Emperor Shahjahan as a memorial to his wife.
- 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.
- In the US, 64 percent of men do not make plans in advance for a romantic Valentine's Day with their sweethearts. Share these fun facts about Valentine's Day with a friend. Your sweetie might be especially interested in the last item. Happy Valentine's Day!
Interesting Valentine's Day Chocolate Facts
- Casanova, well known as "The World's Greatest Lover," ate chocolate to make him virile.
- Physicians of the 1800's commonly advised their patients to eat chocolate to calm their pining for lost love.
- Richard Cadbury produced the first box of chocolates for Valentine's Day in the late 1800's.
- More than 35 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate will be sold for Valentine's Day.
- Over $1 billion worth of chocolate is purchased for Valentine's Day in the U.S.
Interesting Valentine's Day Flowers' Facts
- 73% of people who buy flowers for Valentine's Day are men, while only 27 percent are women.
- 15% of U.S. women send themselves flowers on Valentine's Day.
Interesting Valentine's Day Roses Facts
- The red rose was the favorite flower of Venus, the Roman goddess of love.
- Red roses are considered the flower of love because the color red stands for strong romantic feelings.
- 189 million stems of roses are sold in the U.S. on Valentine's Day.
- California produces 60 percent of American roses, but the greater number sold on Valentine's Day in the United States are imported, mostly from South America.
- Approximately 110 million roses, mostly red, will be sold and delivered within the three-day Valentine's Day time period.
Interesting Valentine's Day Greeting Cards Facts
- Approximately one billion Valentines are sent out worldwide each year according to estimates by the U.S. Greeting Card Association. That's second only to Christmas.
- Women purchase approximately 85 percent of all Valentines.
- Teachers will receive the most Valentine's Day cards, followed by children, mothers, wives, sweethearts and pets.
Valentine's Day Greeting Cards, e-Cards
Valentine's Day Messages, Quotes, Greeting Cards
Real love is not based on romance,
Candle light dinner
walks along the beach.
In fact, it is based on
If she's an apple & you're an orange,
celebrate your differences,
Make a great fruit salad
Love isn't about being the same,
It's about being sweet with each other.
Trust a person to the extent
that he feels guilty to cheat you
Love a person to the extent
that he fears to loose you!
If you are cold at night,
let the promise of my
love cover you like a
What Not to Do on Valentine's Day