Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentine's day!

Do you celebrate Valentine's day? Do I?

I think I will  celebrate it someday :) but as it is said if you love someone you have Valentine's day everyday.
Below I posted some interesting facts about Valentine.

What is actually Valentine's day?


  • In the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names from a bowl to see who their valentines would be. They would wear these names on their sleeves for one week. Today, to wear your heart on your sleeve means being transparent with your affections. (I'm having a tough time verifying this one, so please file this under "legends" instead of "history" for now.)

  • Three different Saint Valentines have been mentioned by the martyrologies of the Roman Catholic Church.
  • The Catholic Church struck St. Valentine’s Day from its official calendar in 1969.
  • The phrase "Sweets for the sweet" is a line from Shakespeare's Hamlet, Act 5, Scene 1.
  • Famous Valentine's Day weddings: The Captain and Tennille, Elton John and Renate Blauel, Meg Ryan and Dennis Quaid, Jerry Garcia and Deborah Koons, and Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee.
  • Famous Valentine's Day birthdays: Thomas Malthus (1766), Frederick Douglass (1817), Jack Benny (1894), Jimmy Hoffa (1913), Hugh Downs (1921), Florence Henderson (1943), Carl Bernstein (1944), Tim Buckley (1946), Gregory Hines (1946), Jules Asner (1968), Rob Thomas (1972), Steve McNair (1973).

Valentine Flowers/Roses
  1. Received Valentine Flowers? Well I guess you are a woman. Of the 73% of people who buy Valentine's Day flowers are men, while only 27 percent are women.
  2. A single perfect red rose framed with baby's breath is named by some florists as a "signature rose," and is the preferred choice for most for giving on Valentine's Day, anniversaries and birthdays.
  3. The red rose was the favorite flower of Venus, the Roman goddess of love. The color red stands for strong romantic feelings making the red rose the flower of love.


1.)Celebrated as the commemorative day of Saint Valentine, it is not certain whether this is one specific person, or the group of 14 martyred saints of ancient Rome, all of the same name.

2.)The Valentine's Day chocolate boxes were introduced in 1868 by Richard Cadbury.

3.)Some popular symbols of love used to express the feelings are cupid, arrows, doves, love birds, roses, and hearts.

4.)Pope Gelasius I of Rome, declared Saint Valentine's burial day as the Valentine's Day, on 496 AD.

5.)The girls during Medieval times, used to eat strange food items, as it was believed that by doing so, they would dream of their future spouse or lover.

6.)The Saint to which the day has been dedicated brought nothing romantic to be attached to the day, though the earliest association of Valentine's Day with romance goes to the credit of great writer Geoffrey Chaucer, who writes in his Parlement of Foules, 1382, For this was on seynt Volantynys day, Whan euery bryd comyth there to chese his make?, therefore beginning the tradition.

7.)During 19th century, physicians would prescribe chocolates to their patients, who would pine for a lost love.

8.)The cops of Saudi Arabia banned the sale of anything red or symbolizing love in 2002 and 2008, believing that this is a Christian festival, resulting in a black market of Valentine's Day gifts in 2008, which witnessed an even bigger number of customers.

9.)Apart from lovers, spouses, and sweethearts, the other people who receive maximum number of flowers, cards and gifts on the day are, mothers and teachers.

10.)The University of Maryland, educates the masses and media about the Valentine's day, through its academic experts.

11.)We all have heard the phrase “wearing your heart on your sleeve”, but the phrase has actually come from Middle ages, when according to a popular tradition, young men and women would draw chits from a bowl , to know the names of their valentines and then, would wear that name on their sleeve for the entire week

12.)The day is also a great day for the beloved pets of many families, as it has been surveyed that people bring gifts for their pets also on Valentine's Day, in huge numbers.

13.)The famous gifts and cards company Hallmark, launched its first valentine product in 1913 

14.)The Medieval concept of Courtly Love, where male lover would court and praise the beloved through chivalrous deeds and poetry, descended from the ancient traditions associated with Valentine's Day.

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