Valentine, the day of love, is here again. It’s another opportunity to share love with your babe, and loved ones. And do you know its origin, who started the tradition and how it became so popular?
From the dinner and date rituals, to the exchange of gifts, here are interesting facts you should know about the famous “big romantic day”.
11 Fascinating Facts about Valentine’s Day You Need To Know
1. Popular theory about Valentine’s Day is that it started as a form of rebellion. It is said that Emperor Claudius II didn’t want Roman men to marry during wartime.
2. In 1537, England’s King Henry VIII chose February 14 as the official day of celebration Valentine.
3. Remember the famous romance Romeo and Juliet? Well, Juliet still gets love letters sent to her every Valentine’s Day. The Italian city of Verona receives around 1,000 letters addressed to Juliet every Valentine’s Day.
4. Young men and women used to draw names from a bowl to see who would be their Valentine in the middle ages. They would then pin the names to their sleeves for everyone in the town to see who their valentine was. This was the origin of the expression “to wear your heart on your sleeve”.
5. The red rose which is a popular Valentine’s Day gift in modern times was the favorite flower of Venus, the Roman goddess of love.
6. Signing a Valentine’s Day card in Victorian times was considered to be bad luck.
7. In Finland, Valentine’s Day is called Ystävänpäivä, which translates into “Friend’s day. The gift exchange is between friends rather than lovers.
8. About one billion Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged every year.
9. Men spend almost twice as much on Valentine’s Day as women do.
10. Condom sales are highest around Valentine’s Day.
11. A good number of people get engaged on Valentine’s Day.