Flowers, candy, red hearts and romance. That’s what Valentine’s day is all about, right? Well, maybe not.
The origin of this holiday for the expression of love really isn’t romantic at all — at least not in the traditional sense. Currently the holiday has been so much commercialized just because to make money out of roses,gifts and cards. The origin of this holiday is not that sweet though. Saint Valentine was executed in jail for helping people getting married. Yes, he was trying to be cupid and was forced to death. And now, people are celebrating his death as the love festival. Maybe not that apt.
We have brought into all the interesting and unknown facts of Valentine’s day for you. Right from the death of Saint Valentine to the number of cards being exchanged on Valentine’s Day, we have described all the interesting facts on Valentine’s Day. Get enlightened and know the fact why are you celebrating this love day.
Valentine is a Roman Priest, who conducted secret weddings during the rule of Roman Emperor Claudius II.
He believed that, unmarried men performed well at the war fare. So, for going against his rule, the priest Valentine who was carrying out secret weddings in the church was jailed and executed.
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.
During the the 16th century, St Valentine’s Day has entered the popular consciousness to the extent that one William Shakespeare mentions it in Ophelia’s lament in Hamlet: “To-morrow is Saint Valentine’s day,/All in the morning betime,/And I a maid at your window,/To be your Valentine.”
Or you could pop over to Finland where Valentine’s Day is called Ystävänpäivä, which translates into “Friend’s day”. It’s more about remembering your buddies than your loved ones. People send cards to their best friends rather than celebrating love.
Women purchase approximately 85 percent of all valentines day gifts, while men purchase 73% of the red roses on a valentine day!!
In 1537, England’s King Henry VII officially declared Feb. 14 the holiday of St. Valentine’s Day
189 million stems of roses are sold in the U.S. and Over $1 billion worth of chocolate is purchased for Valentine’s Day in the U.S.
Many believe the X symbol became synonymous with the kiss in medieval times. People who couldn’t write their names signed in front of a witness with an X. The X was then kissed to show their sincerity.
Do you have a pet? Go ahead and gift your valentine this year. We swear, your pet will love you more than your partner 😛
Girls of medieval times ate bizarre foods on St. Valentine’s Day to make them dream of their future spouse.
220,000 is the average number of wedding proposals on Valentine’s Day each year.
The passing of love-notes becomes popular in England, a precursor to the St Valentine’s Day card as we know it today. Early ones are made of lace and paper. By the early 19th century, they become so popular that factories start to mass-produce them.
The saint’s skull is still on display at Rome Basilica. Though he was tortured when he was alive, his skull is being adorned with flowers after his death.
An estimated 1 billion St Valentine’s Day cards will be sent worldwide this year, making it the second most card-heavy celebration after Christmas.
Richard Cadbury produced the first box of chocolates for Valentine’s Day in the late 1800s.
Valentine’s Day is mentioned ruefully by Ophelia in Hamlet (1600–1601):
To-morrow is Saint Valentine’s day,
All in the morning betime,
And I a maid at your window,
To be your Valentine.
Then up he rose, and donn’d his clothes,
And dupp’d the chamber-door;
Let in the maid, that out a maid
Never departed more.— William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act IV, Scene 5