Okay, we have a secret for you. Are you ready? Valentines Day is this Sunday! Don’t worry you have plenty of time to get your sweetie a special something! With all this hullabaloo does it make you wonder why? Why doe we celebrate this day, what do other people do, when did it all start? Jess and I were thinking the same thing!
Today on the Afternoon Drive we shared facts all about Valentines day! We also shared some funny stories about our past Valentines Days. In case you missed some of this you can find it all below! Also check out our word of the day!
- The most popular theory about Valentine’s Day origin is that Emperor Claudius II didn’t want Roman men to marry during wartime. Bishop Valentine went against his wishes and performed secret weddings. For this, Valentine was jailed and executed. While in jail he wrote a note to the jailer’s daughter signing it “from your Valentine”.
2. In Victorian times it was considered bad luck to sign a Valentine’s Day card.
3. Based on retail statistics, about 3 per cent of pet owners will give Valentine’s Day gifts to their pets.
4. About 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged each year. This makes it the second largest seasonal card sending time of the year
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. Girls of medieval times ate bizarre foods on St. Valentine’s Day to make them dream of their future spouse.
8. In the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names from a bowl to see who would be their Valentine. They would wear this name pinned onto their sleeves for one week for everyone to see. This was the origin of the expression “to wear your heart on your sleeve.”
9. In 1537, England’s King Henry VII officially declared Feb. 14 the holiday of St. Valentine’s Day.
10. Richard Cadbury produced the first box of chocolates for Valentine’s Day in the late 1800’s.
11. More than 35 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate will be sold for Valentine’s Day.
12. 73 percent of people who buy flowers for Valentine’s Day are men, while only 27 percent are women.
13. Over $1 bill ion worth of chocolate is purchased for Valentine’s Day in the U.S.
14. Women purchase approximately 85 percent of all valentines day gifts
15. Teachers will receive the most Valentine’s Day cards, followed by children, mothers, wives, sweethearts and pets.
16. 220,000 is the average number of wedding proposals on Valentine’s Day each year.
17. 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.
Word of the Day
1. a very noisy and confused situation
Have a fantastic Wednesday,
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