Valentine’s Day, a day of romance and love

Valentine’s Day is finally upon us. Romance is in the air, as couples lavish each other with special gifts and prepare to enjoy a romantic evening together.

Earmarked as the day of love, February 14 is one day of the year where people around the globe go out of their way to show their significant others, just how much they mean to them.

However, where did the day begin and why do we celebrate St Valentine’s Day?

There are many stories revolving around the day. One of which focuses on St Valentine of Rome, who was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers, who were apparently forbidden to marry in the Roman Empire. He also landed in hot water for ministering to Christians, who were persecuted under the Roman Empire.

One legend has it, that during his imprisonment, St Valentine restored sight to the blind daughter of his judge and just before his execution, he wrote her a letter which was signed, ‘Your Valentine’ as a farewell.

The day first really became associated with romantic love within the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the 14th century, when the tradition of courtly love flourished. In 18th-century England, it evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectioneries, and sending greeting cards known as “valentines.

While the day focuses on romance and love, there are some unusual facts pertaining to the day. Here are five rather interesting facts about Valentine’s Day that you might not have known:
  • Teachers apparently receive the most Valentine’s cards, followed by children, mothers, wives and then girlfriends.
  • According to a 2017 study by diamond retailer James Allen, 43% of millennials chose Valentine’s Day as their ideal day to propose to their loved one or be proposed to.
  • Approximately 50 million roses are given on Valentine’s Day around the world. It seems that roses are not all that unique of a flower to share on the day.
  • During the Middle Ages, a superstition said that if you were single on Valentine’s Day, you would end up marrying the first single person of the opposite sex you met on Valentine’s Day.
  • King Henry the 8th chose February 14 as the actual day for Valentine’s Day. He apparently declared by Royal Charter that the day be a public holiday. He might have been a romantic chap if not for the bad habit of executing his wives, for not having a son.
  • Approximately 9 million people in the U.S. alone buy their pets a Valentine’s gift. I love my dog, but that is just a bit weird.

Whether you are spending the day of love with your wife, partner or pet, have yourself a brilliant Valentine’s Day.

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