Hi everyone, hope you are keeping safe after the disastrous week, we’ve all been having with storm Ciara causing chaos and destruction up and down the country. My heart goes out to all those that have lost there homes and place of business.
Valentine’s Day as come around once again. It is day that is for everyone, not just for those that are already in a romantic entanglement. You never know what the day may bring, for you could be about to embark on a new romance, or you might find the answer behind the mystery valentine card that you received. Love can come all year round, but this day is full of romance, mystery and finding out who is your secret admirer, it gives some the courage to say how they feel, and you never know you might find your true love along the way,
February 14 may be the most romantic day of the year, but there is much more to this holiday than just that. When the Roman Emperor Claudius II had outlawed marriage in 270 AD, but Saint Valentine continued to marry men and women. It had to be all done in secret, so that the Emperor never found out. Even though it was traditional that men and women to exchange flowers on their wedding day, as this was a sign of good luck and a start to a “blooming” relationship. Today we continue to celebrate love on February 14, the day that Saint Valentine died, by exchanging flowers, to the more modern chocolate and teddy bears.
Here are a few facts about Valentine’s Day that will enlighten you to what this day really means.
Valentine’s Day Facts:
- Worldwide, over 50 million roses are given for Valentine’s Day each year.
- Every year, more than 36 million heart shaped boxes of chocolates are sold across the country.
- Sorry men, it looks like you’ll be spending twice as much as women this year on gifts. The average man spends $130 on Valentine’s Day, while women spend about $70.
- In the 1300s, it officially became a holiday associated with love and romance.
- February 14th is the second largest card giving day of the year, just after Christmas. This year, it’s expected that 1 billion cards will be exchanged around the world.
- Teachers receive the most Valentine’s Day cards, followed by kids, mothers, wives and girlfriends.
- Hallmark was one of the first to mass produce a Valentine’s Day card, all the way back in 1913.
- The first valentine was sent in the 15th century. The oldest record of a valentine being sent, was a poem written by a French medieval duke named Charles to his wife in 1415. Charles penned this sweet note to his lover while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London at just 21 years old. One of the lines in the poem? “I am already sick of love, My very gentle Valentine.”
- More than one-third of men are comfortable not receiving anything from a lover on Valentine’s Day.
- Richard Cadbury invented the first Valentines Day candy box in the late 1800s.
- The heart is associated with Valentine’s Day as it is considered the source of all human emotions.
- Not until the 1840s did we get the first mass-produced valentines. People started exchanging cards and handwritten letters to both lovers and friends during the 17th century, but it was in the 1840s that the first Valentine’s Day cards were mass-produced in the U.S., sold by Esther A. Howland. Known as the “Mother of the American Valentine,” Howland is credited with commercializing Valentine’s Day cards in America, and she is remembered for her elaborate, crafty cards made with lace and ribbons.
- The chocolate box has been around for more than 140 years. In addition to creating arguably the richest, creamiest, and sweetest chocolate on the market, Richard Cadbury also introduced the first box of Valentine’s Day chocolates in 1868,
- The heart shape wasn’t always a romantic symbol. According to Time, the heart was once widely believed to be humans’ center of memory, where feelings of love were recorded. However, we have French and Italian artists from the 14th century to thank for the symbol that we know and love today, as they were the first ones to start using this motif in their work.
- About 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged each year.
- Cupid’s bow and arrow aren’t just for show. In Roman mythology, Cupid is the son of Venus, the goddess of love and beauty, Medium reports. According to CNN, he’s often depicted with a bow and arrows to pierce hearts and cast a spell of love.
- Valentine’s Day is the second most popular day of the year for sending cards. Christmas is the first most popular…
- Approximately 27 percent of those who buy flowers on Valentine’s Day are women. Only 73% are men.
- 13220,000 is the average number of wedding proposals on Valentine’s Day each year.
- Girls of medieval times ate bizarre foods on St. Valentine’s Day to make them dream of their future husband.
- Every Valentine’s Day, the city of Verona, Italy receives thousands of letters addressed to Juliet, from the character from Romeo and Juliet. Volunteers from the Juliet club respond to each letter and awards the “Cara Giulietta” (“Dear Juliet”) prize to the author of the most romantic letter.
- In 1537, England’s King Henry VII officially declared Feb. 14 the holiday of St. Valentine’s Day.
- In Victorian times it was considered bad luck to sign a Valentine’s Day card.
- Red rose is a favorite flower of Venus. For this reason, red rose is also the symbol of Valentine’s Day. All over the world, over 50 million roses are given for Valentine’s Day each year.
- Groundhog Day was originally observed on February 14.
- The symbol of the ribbon, which often adorns modern-day Valentines, is rooted in the Middle Ages. When knights competed in tournaments, their sweethearts often gave them ribbons for good luck.
- The name Valentine is derived from a Latin word meaning valor.
- The popular medieval folk belief that birds choose their mates on February 14 made doves a favorite symbol for Valentine cards. The dove was sacred to Venus and other love deities and was known for choosing a lifelong mate.
- A kiss on Valentine’s Day is considered to bring good luck all year.
- On Valentine’s Day, many people buy flowers. Different colored roses have different meanings. Red means love, yellow means friendship, and pink means friendship or sweetheart. Red carnations mean admiration, white carnations mean pure love, red chrysanthemums mean love, forget-me-nots mean true love, primrose means young love, and larkspur means an open heart.
5 Flowers Searched The Most For Valentine’s Day
There are five flowers that are searched the most for valentine’s Day, but before you go out and spend your money on the flowers make sure you know what the intended person likes, as you don’t want any awkward moments on a day that is full of romance.
There is no surprise that roses came top of the list for being the number one searchable flower. Roses are associated with romance, passion and beauty so its no surprise that their are over 51% of people who tend to buy red roses for Valentine’s Day. There are 150 different ones for you to choose from, that is bound to fit your valentine’s taste.
Carnations are right behind roses in the popularity contest, it is likely down to their affordable price, and feminine style. It is a good pick for any new relationship that as just started, or at their early stages. Carnations have multiple choices of different colours for you to choose from, so you are certain to find one to fit your valentine’s style.
Whether it is red, pink, white or orange, lilies they are an ideal choice for a more elegant and sophisticated recipient, you cannot go wrong with lilies as they have a variety of colours to choose from, Casa Blanca lilies are for a more dramatic effect, that surely please someone with a refined taste.
Alstroemeria is also known by two other names, Peruvian Lily and Lily of the Incas, it is a popular flower choice for this holiday. The buds are a fitting selection to have in a bouquet as they compliment the other flower buds nicely, particularly red and pink roses and the lavender waxflower. They are one of the longest lasting cuts of flowers, that have multiple blooms per stem. They signify devotion, which makes them a good choice for that special person in your life.
Tulips are still an excellent choice of flower to give to a special valentine, even though they appear to have a simpler appearance to them. You have a multitude of colors to choose from, that would fit in with your valentine’s taste, also red tulips are away of signifying your declaration of love, making this the perfect choice for this holiday.
Thank you for stopping by. See you next week!