Some think of it as a day to celebrate their love, others think of it as ridiculous, while still others feel it’s a day to make single people feel bad, but here are some facts about Valentine’s Day that might take you by surprise.
CARDS BRING BACK LUCK?
When you think of Valentine’s Day , you think of flowers, cards and candy . In fact, around one billion cards are exchanged on this day every year! So who would have thought that back in the Victorian Era, giving a card to your beloved was considered bad luck?
THE V-DAY CUSTOM THAT THE FRENCH HAD TO BAN
Since there are a whole lot of single people feeling dejected on Valentine’s Day ,a French tradition called Drawing For Love allowed them to visit the house in front of theirs and get together with another single person. If, however, the man wasn’t happy with his pick, he could find another partner. The women got a more sour deal of having a bonfire where they burnt the man’s pictures. Eventually , this tradition got out of hand when jilted lovers took the rejection to heart and the French government had to ban the custom.
While people often think V-Day is something that only the post-80s generation celebrates, the origins of this day date back to the Roman Empire. During the Roman fertility festival of Lupercalia, a man would draw a young woman’s name from a lottery and keep her as his sexual partner for a year. Then, in 1537, King Henry VII officially declared February 14 as St Valentine’s Day in England.
WEARING YOUR HEART ON YOUR SLEEVE
After Shakespeare’s interpretation of `wearing your heart on your sleeve,’ the phrase has a negative connotation. But in the Middle Ages, it was rather literal, as young men and women wore the names of their partners on their sleeve for a week after Valentine’s Day .
WHAT DO THE ROSES MEAN?
We all know the basics of what the colours of a rose mean red roses signify love, pink for a relationship that’s just starting out and yellow for friend ship. It turns out there’s also orange roses for fas cination, coral for desire, dark pink for gratitude and peach-pink for admiration.
There’s also black roses for death, but we doubt anyone’s going to use those for V-Day!
PETS AND V-DAY
Let’s face it, for a majority of people, their pets are one of the most important parts of their life (sometimes more than other people). It turns out that around nine million people splurge on their furry companions on this day each year.
SINGLE PEOPLE NEED SOME FUN TOO
Dateless on Valentine’s Day?
You’re not alone. In fact, so many people share this fate that February 15 has become Singles Awareness Day (which leads to the ironic acronym of SAD), where single people celebrate being by themselves. On this day, people send flowers to them selves, throw parties and exchange gifts with other single people.
CHOCOLATES AND HEARTBREAK
We’re all familiar with the cure for a bad break-up chocolates and a good chick flick. In the 1800s, however chocolate was part of any doctor’s pre scription, as physicians wo uld advise pa tients to eat the sweet to feel better after having lost their loved one.
POPPING THE QUESTION
Not surprisingly , V-Day is one of the most popu lar days to pop the question.
An estimated 2,20,000 proposals take place on what’s considered the most romantic day of the year.