The season of love has begun and everything seems beautiful now. Valentine’s day is just 2 days away and you all love birds must be busy in selecting gifts for each other. Valentine’s day is not restricted to boy friend and girl friends. Even students can say happy valentine’s to their teachers and children to their parents. It can be celebrated in any form. So, to learn more about valentine’s day. I have collected 30 Crazy and Fun Valentine’s Day Facts for you guys. Read them and share it with your loved ones.
Happy Valentine’s Day to all of my readers and subscribers.
So here are the 30 Crazy and Fun Valentine’s Day Facts:
1. Every year around 1 billion Valentine cards are sent across. After Christmas it’s the largest seasonal card-sending occasion.
2. Teachers receive the most Valentine’s Day cards, followed by children, mothers, wives, and then, sweethearts. Children between ages 6 to 10 exchange more than 650 million Valentine’s cards with teachers, classmates, and family members.
3. Of the 73% of people who buy Valentine’s Day flowers are men, while only 27 percent are women.
4. A single perfect red rose framed with baby’s breath is named by some florists as a “signature rose,” and is the preferred choice for most for giving on Valentine’s Day, anniversaries and birthdays.
5. The red rose was the favorite flower of Venus, the Roman goddess of love. The color red stands for strong romantic feelings making the red rose the flower of love.
6. Cupid is a symbol of Valentine’s Day. Cupid was associated with Valentine’s Day because he was the son of Venus, the Roman god of love and beauty. Cupid often appears on Valentine cards and gift tokens holding a bow and arrows as he is believed to use magical arrows to arouse feelings of love.
7. Verona, the Italian city where Shakespeare’s play lovers Romeo and Juliet lived, receives about 1,000 letters every year sent to Juliet on Valentine’s Day.
8. The oldest surviving love poem till date is written in a clay tablet from the times of the Sumerians, inventors of writing, around 3500 B.C.
9. In the Middle Ages young men and women drew the names from a bowl to see who would be their Valentine. They would wear this name pinned on their sleeves for one week. This was done so that it becomes easy for other people to know your true feelings. This was known as “to wear your heart on your sleeve”.
10. On February 14th wooden love spoons were carved and given as gifts on Valentine’s Day in Wales. Hearts, keys and keyholes were favorite Valentine decorations on the wooden spoons. This Valentine decoration meant, “You unlock my heart!” .
11. The most beautiful and incredible gift of love is the monument Taj Mahal in India. Built by Mughal Emperor Shahjahan as a memorial to his wife it stands as the emblem of the eternal love story. Work on the Taj Mahal began in 1634 and continued for almost 22 years and required the labor of 20,000 workers from all over India and Central Asia.
12. In America, the pilgrims used to sent confections, such as sugar wafers, marzipan, sweetmeats and sugar plums, to their affianced. Lot of value was placed on these gifts because they included what was then a rare product, sugar. After the late 1800’s, beet sugar became widely used and more available, and sweet gifts continued to be cherished and enjoyed.
13. Amongst the earliest Valentine’s Day gifts were candies. The most common were chocolates in heart shaped boxes.
14. Lace is a fine texture associated with love and romance from a long time. Many years ago, a woman would drop her handkerchief in front of the man she liked. This was supposed to be a type of indication to him encouraging him to come forward. If he picked it up for her an introduction could be made. Lace has always been part of women’s handkerchiefs, and it has from that time been linked to romance.
15. The heart is associated to Valentine’s Day as it is considered the source of all human emotions. The custom of drawing a heart shape is supposed to have come from early attempts to draw an organ that no one had seen. The symbol came on to become as a sign of love.
16. Lovebirds are often associated with Valentine’s Day. These lovebirds found in Africa, are brightly colored and sit very close together with their mates, earning them their name.
17. Doves are also part of the Valentine tradition. These birds are symbols of love and loyalty because they mate for life. A pair of doves will also share the care of all their babies.
18. In olden times some people used to believe that if a woman saw a robin flying overhead on the 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.
19. A love knot is a symbol of undying love, as its twisting loops have no beginnings or ends. In olden times, they were made of ribbon or drawn on paper to prove ones eternal love.
20. Valentines day has connection with the term fertility because it is on the fourteenth of February when even before the birth of Saint Valentine, the birds used to mate with their partners.
21. February fifteenth was a lottery day for men for deciding their girl partner.
22. It was during the Middle Ages when girls maintained their belief that the first man they would get to see on the Valentine Day would be their future spouse.
23. The trend of exchanging cards and gifts started during the seventeenth century and their sale boosted by the nineteenth century.
24. Origin of Valentines Day dates back to the times of Roman Empire during the reign of Claudius II. Claudius was under the impression that single men turned out to be better soldiers because marriage hinders a man’s progress. It was during those days when the emperor got to know that Saint Valentine was secretly helping young men and women in getting married so he awarded Saint Valentine with death sentence. While in jail he gave his heart to the daughter of jailer and he wrote her a love note and ended it by writing ” from your valentine”.
25. By the end of eighteenth century, as an alternative to hand written letters came printed cards and all this is attributable to developments in printing technology and since then the fashion of exchanging beautifully quoted greeting cards began and this trend of presenting cards as a token of love will never fade.
26. In Wales the trend is of gifting love spoons on the Valentines Day with splendid carvings on it.
27. Around 3% of pet owners prefer to give Valentine gifts to their pets, as they are more grateful than humans.
28. The first Valentine gift was sent by Duke of Orleans to his wife, after he was captured in 1415.
29. In Medieval times, girls ate bizarre foods on St Valentine’s Day to make them dream of their future spouse.
30. French is considered the most romantic cuisine, followed by Italian (22 percent). Fondue, tapas and anything “you can share” or “eat with your hands” earned honorable mentions.