Happy Valentine’s Day, people!
Whether you’re blissfully unattached or joyfully coupled up, chances are you have a thing or two to learn about love.
Get in the mood for love with interesting facts about the sweetest holiday & read on for facts and maybe some unexpected info about this day
- Valentine’s Day started with the Romans:
It was originally a day to celebrate Saint Valentinus, who performed weddings for soldiers who were not allowed to marry. He was imprisoned for this, as well as for refusing to follow Claudius ban on Christianity. While he was imprisoned, children would pass him notes through the jail window. Before he was killed on February 14, he wrote one last note to the jailer’s daughter with whom he had fallen in love and signed it “From Your Valentine.
- The Almond Tree Story :
After St. Valentine was buried, Julia, the daughter of his jailor, planted an almond tree with pink blossoms near his grave. The almond tree today is a symbol of lasting friendship and love.
- A Weird Superstition :
In the middle ages, superstition said that if you were single, you would end up marrying the first single person of the opposite sex that you met on Valentine`s Day.
Fun fact : Penicillin was introduced on February 14th in 1929
- 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.
- A common symbol of Valentine’s Day is Cupid (“desire”), the Roman god of love. The son of Venus and Mars, he was originally depicted as a young man who would sharpen his arrows on a grindstone whetted with blood from an infant, though now he is commonly presented as a pudgy baby. This transformation occurred during the Victorian era when business owners wanted to promote Valentine’s Day as more suitable for women and children.
- Red hearts, the valentine symbol:
Red is traditionally associated with the color of blood. At one time, people thought that the heart, which pumps blood, was the part of the body that felt love. In fact, when the Egyptians mummified their dead for burial, they removed every organ but the heart because they believed the heart was the only part of the body necessary for the trip through eternity.
- Confluence of Holiday:
This year, Valentine’s Day also happens to fall on the same day as Ash Wednesday, which is the first day of Lent in western Christianity and is chiefly observed by Catholics. On this day, believers are expected to fast and wear ashes in shape of a cross on their head.
What fun facts do you know about Valentine’s Day? What are you doing for this years Valentine’s Day?