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Valentine’s Day

Sunday, December 16th, 2012

The origins of Valentine’s Day is based, partly on fact, and in part on fiction and folklore. Not to mention, later commercial subversion and influences!

This holiday is said to have originated from the death of St. Valentine, a Roman saint commemorated on February 14, and widely associated with expressing one’s love for another. As such, it is also known as Saint Valentine’s Day.

In Medieval times, the concept of “Courtly Love” developed from these ancient Valentines traditions, where (especially) the man would nobly and courteously express his love and praise his lover via chivalrous deeds and poems.

This romantic tradition gained popularity in the Victorian era, and in America, lovers exchanged hand-made “valentines” as early as 1700s. This commemoration became commercialized in the US during the 1840s, when the so-called “Mother of the Valentine”, Esther Howland, started to sell mass-produced Valentine’s products.

The well-known Hallmark gifts and cards company, launched its first valentine product in 1913. And the rest, as they say, is history! 🙂

Valentine's Day Single RoseHere are some fun facts and trivia about Valentine’s Day:

  • An estimated 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged annually.
  • More women (85%) than men buy valentines gifts.
  • For Valentine’s Day, 75% of the chocolate purchased are by men.
  • Over $1 Billion of chocolate is purchased for Valentine’s Day each year.
  • Valentine’s Day chocolate boxes were introduced in 1868 by Richard Cadbury.
  • Teachers get the most Valentine’s cards, followed by kids, mothers, wives, and (only) then, sweethearts.
  • 73% Of those who purchase Saint Valentine’s Day flowers are men.
  • The color red represents strong romantic feelings, and a red rose therefore remains the preferred choice as the “flower of love”.
  • Venus, the Roman goddess of love, preferred the red rose as favorite flower.
  • Popular Valentine’s symbols of love include Cupid, arrows, doves, love birds, roses, and hearts.
  • A single perfect red rose framed with “Baby’s Breath” is commonly referred to as a “signature rose”, and remains the most popular flower gift on St. Valentine’s Day.
  • Amongst the earliest Valentine’s Day gifts were candy, especially, chocolates.
  • The heart is associated to Valentine’s Day because it is seen as the source of human emotions, in particular, love. In addition, it is red, the most romantic color.
  • To be awoken by a kiss on Valentine’s Day is considered lucky. 🙂

Finally, don’t forget to order a rose for your special Valentine!

 


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