Love is in the Air
Okay, let's be honest - if you’re keen romantic and have a soft spot for love stories and romances probably you already know quite a lot about February 14th but for this article, we’ve dug really deep to find not so well known facts about this heartwarming day, dedicated to love.
So we’re about to skip Saint Valentine’s original story and his efforts to connect the loved ones in a holy union and the tragic romance of Romeo and Juliet in order to give you a new perspective over the day on which the whole world is celebrating love.
Can you feel the Love Tonight
In case your answer is NO, do not worry because February 14th is so much more than Valentine's day alone - even if you’re not into SAD, either. The abbreviation stands for Singles Awareness Day - also known as Singles Appreciation Day, which officially falls today as well, although some prefer to celebrate it on the 13th or 15th, to get away from the commercialization of Valentine's Day.
Besides a day, dedicated to love, passion, romance and showing appreciation to your loved ones in general, because in far too many places around the globe people celebrate this date to show their love not to their spouses or lovers but friends and family instead.
Still, it’s good to know that 2020 Daily Holidays that fall on February 14, include as well:
- International Book Giving Day
- League of Women Voters Day
- Library Lovers Day
- National Condom Awareness Day
- National Cream-Filled Chocolates Day &
- Women in Blue Jeans Days
- On top of that, you can as well go on a shopping spree, without emptying your bank account, since this very day is a part of National Secondhand Wardrobe Week, which this year is on February 9-15 or The Second Full Week of February
We’ve come prepared with some whooping history facts, as well. On this Day in:
- 1876 - Alexander Graham Bell applies for a patent for the telephone
- 1929 - Alexander Fleming introduced the Penicillin
- 1966 - Simon and Garfunkel's Sounds Of Silence is certified gold
- 1967 - Aretha Franklin recorded her world famous single called Respect
- 1978 - Dire Straits begin the recording of their very first homonymous album in London
- 1983 - Patti Austin and James Ingram's single - Baby, Come To Me hits #1 in Billboard
- 1998 - Celine Dion's My Heart Will Go On set a new record for the most radio plays in the US with 116 million plays in just one week
- 1999 - Lenny Kravitz scored his first UK #1 hit with Fly Away
And in case any of the mentioned above doesn’t sound just about right for a good excuse to celebrate as a single man/woman- you can always simply open a bottle of your favourite wine, garnish it with a box of delicate chocolade and share it with the most important person in the whole world - You.
Because in order to learn to love others - the very first human being you should start with is You, yourself. There are enough gifts such as flowers, teddy bears and candy not just for couples but for people who are fine on their own as well!
Meanwhile, collecting Valentines can be seen as some sort of a race, especially if you’re still stuck in your middle school childhood memories - still bare in mind that today the most love cards will be received by none other than teachers - people we indeed have so much to be thankful for.
They are followed by the women without whom we would have never existed - on 14th February mothers around the globe will receive billions of love notes paired with bouquets of roses, orchids, irisis or whatever their true colour shows =) (to be fair the only other day on which those tremendous women will receive more flowers is Mother’s Day alone).
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What is Love
Just in this case, we will try to answer this question with some statistics and historically accurate facts - because a feeling so strong is simply indescribable and unique for any given person out there. So before we continue we can only wish for your love to be shared and cherished…
The Greatest Thing You'll Ever Learn is just to Love and Be Loved in Return...
- Some trace Valentine’s Day Origins to a Bloody Pagan Festival, which eventually was just Christian effort to replace the fertility festival that has been dated as far back as the 6th century B.C. During the festival of Lupercalia, Roman priests would sacrifice goats and dogs and use their blood-soaked hides to slap women on the streets, as a fertility blessing. According to legend, women would later put their names in an urn and be selected to be paired with a man for a year.
- The Valentine’s candies we know today, got their iconic shape much later. It wasn't until 15 years after the creation of Necco wafers that Daniel Chase's brother, Oliver Chase, developed a way to press words onto the candy lozenges with a felt roller pad and vegetable food coloring. According to The Huffington Post, the conversation candies officially became heart-shaped in 1902, and today Necco says about 100,000 of them are sold each year.
- The heart shape wasn't always a romantic symbol. According to "Time", the heart was once widely believed to be humans' center of memory, where feelings of love were recorded. However, we have French and Italian artists from the 14th century to thank for the symbol that we know and love today, as they were the first ones to start using this motif in their work.
- Cupid's bow and arrow aren't just for show. In Roman mythology, Cupid is the son of Venus, the goddess of love and beauty, as reported by "Medium". According to CNN, he's often depicted with a bow and arrows to pierce hearts and cast a spell of love.
- Passing out Valentines is a 600-year-old tradition. Each year, kids in classrooms across America hand out Valentine's Day cards to their classmates. According to History.com, the oldest record of a Valentine was a poem Charles Duke of Orleans wrote to his wife when he was imprisoned in the Tower of London in 1415.
- Esther Howland is the first manufacturer of Valentines. "Time" reports that she became known as the "Mother of the American Valentine" for the artistry and sentiment of her designs. Before Howland commercialized them, American valentines were less romantic and more comic. Her inspiration came from the thoughtful and sweet greeting cards that were circulating in England and she decided to sell similar designs in the U.S. They took off: During the 1850s she earned $100,000 annually, which is about $3 million today, according to "Time".
- Today, millions of greeting cards are purchased every year. We're talking 144 million greeting cards being exchanged industry-wide every year for Valentine's Day in the U.S. alone, according to "Hallmark".
- Wearing your heart on your sleeve is more than just a phrase. In the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names to see who their Valentine would be, the "LA Times" reports. According to the "Smithsonian", they would wear the name pinned to their sleeve for one week so that everyone would know their supposed true feelings.
- The so-called Vinegar Valentines were meant to Discouraged the Suitors, deemed unfit. During the Victorian Era, those who didn’t want the attention of certain suitors would anonymously send “vinegar valentines." According to Smithsonian, these cards, also called penny dreadfuls, were the antithesis of customary valentines, comically insulting and rejecting unwanted admirers. They were later used to target suffragettes in the late 19th and early 20th century.
Valentine’s Day Facts You Never Knew
- In figures the 14th February would look like this:
- On average, men spend double the amount of money on Valentine`s Day gifts that women spend. The average amount a man spends is $130.
- There are enough candy hearts made each year to stretch from Valentine, Arizona to Rome, Italy, and back again. The number of produced candy hearts is approximately 8 billion.
- There are approximately 50 million roses given on Valentine’s Day around the world.
- About 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged each year in the USA alone. This makes it the second-largest seasonal card-sending time of the year, second only to Christmas.
- In 1913, Hallmark became one of the first companies to mass-produce a card for Valentine’s Day.
- Every Valentine’s Day, approximately 1,000 letters are being sent to the Italian city of Verona, all of them are addressed to Juliet, because this is the place where the young lovers from Shakespeare’s play "Romeo and Juliet" found each other.
- The first Valentine’s Day candy box was invented by Richard Cadbury in the late 19th century. Annually, at least 36 million of these sweet gifts are sold on their respective date.
- On Valentine`s Day, 1876, Alexander Graham Bell applied for his telephone patent.
- In 1537, King Henry the Eighth declared February 14th the holiday of St. Valentine's Day. Henry is also infamous for having half of his wives executed because they failed to give birth to a male heir.
- Based on retail statistics, about 3% of pet owners, which makes 9 million people, will buy their animal companions a gift on Valentine`s Day.
- Superstitions from the Middle Ages state, that those who are single will marry the first single person of the opposite sex they meet on Valentine`s Day.
- One of the most important antibiotics, Penicillin, was introduced on February 14th 1929.
- After the burial of St. Valentine, the daughter of his jailor, Julia, went to his grave to plant an almond tree with pink blossoms. Nowadays, the plant symbolizes lasting friendship and love.
- Each year, the average number of wedding proposals that take place on Valentine's Day is 220,000.
- Statistics show that teachers receive the most Valentines, followed by children and mothers (in second and third place respectively) and last but not least - wives, sweethearts and pets.
- During the 1800s, Physicians were commonly advising their patients to calm the pining for lost love by eating chocolate.
- The oldest surviving love poem is named Istanbul #2461 - it was written on a clay tablet by the Sumerians around 3500 BC.