No matter where you are in the world, Valentine’s Day is always said to be the day of love. Most of the time this annual holiday which takes place on February 14 is focused on gift-giving, love letters, and dinners at fancy restaurants. However, most people don’t know why millions of people celebrate this day. In reality, there is so much more to Valentine’s Day than just chocolates, roses, or romantic movies with your loved one.
Most people know that Valentine’s Day was named after its habitue, St Valentine. However, there has also been a few misunderstandings around which St. Valentine the holiday truly honors. According to many researchers, there are at least two men named Valentine that could have been the ones who inspired this very popular holiday. Legend has it that Valentine was killed for trying to help Christians escape from prison in Rome. It is also said that he sent the first “valentine” message while he was in prison, it was signed “from your valentine”.
This next fact may seem a bit strange, but believe it or not, it is indeed true. Back in 1847, Boston pharmacist, Oliver Chase invented the machine that facilitated the lozenge production process. This then resulted in the first candy-making machine. Following this, the opportunity to revolutionize the candy business was identified. Chase then shifted his focus to candy production. And that is how candy hearts were started.
Valentine’s Day Flowers
One of the major associations when it comes to giving gifts on Valentine’s day are red roses or any flowers. Today this seems like one of the most obvious gestures, but it wasn’t until the late 17th century that the custom of giving flowers became so popular. In actual fact, during the Victorian Era, red roses symbolized deep love.
Truly The Day Of Love
This may seem pretty obvious as February 14 is considered the day of love. According to a recent study done by a popular diamond retailer, it was concluded that Valentine’s Day is said to be the most ideal day to propose or be proposed to. Of course, this makes total sense and may also be seen as incredibly fitting and romantic.
Valentine’s Day Cards
According to Hallmark, there are an estimated 145 million Valentine’s Day cards that are exchanged every February 14. This is just one of the reasons why Valentine’s Day is the second biggest holiday for exchanging cards. Additionally, according to statics, teachers are the ones who receive the most Valentine’s Day cards annually, which is then followed by children, wives, and mothers’. Quite amazing, right?
In more recent years, the term, Galentine’s Day is not just considered to be a made-up day, but rather somthing many girls and women take quite seriously. The notion behind this day is all about females who want to declare their love and affection to all their girls who are so special to them. Galentine’s Day takes place on February 13 and can be celebrated in so many different ways, from, movie night to a fancy dress-up tea party or even a simple get-together will all the ladies.