It is renowned for being the ‘most romantic day of the year’ with flowers, cards and gifts, but why? Here are the top 10 interesting facts about the big Valentine’s Day…….
- The most popular theory about Valentine’s Day’s origin is that Emperor Claudius II did not want Roman men to marry during wartime as single men made better soldiers. Bishop Valentine went against his wishes and performed secret weddings. For this he was jailed and executed.
- While in jail, Valentine wrote a note to the jailor’s daughter he had fell in love with signing it “from your Valentine” – hence the first card.
- In the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names from a bowl to see who would be their Valentine. They would wear this name pinned onto their sleeves for one week for everyone to see. This was the origin of the expression “to wear your heart on your sleeve.”
- In 1537, England’s King Henry VII officially declared 14th February the holiday of St. Valentine’s Day.
- The red rose was the favourite flower of Venus (the Roman goddess of love) and red symbolises strong romantic feelings.
- In the 1800’s Physicians advised their patients to eat chocolate to calm their pining for lost love.
- In Victorian times it was considered bad luck to sign a Valentine’s Day card which is why cards are signed anonymously.
- The X (kiss) symbol is believed to originate in medieval times when people who could not write their names signed in front of a witness with an X. The X was then kissed to show their sincerity.
- In the 18th Century loves in England began to send trinkets and cards to their loved ones. In 1913 Hallmark Cards began mass producing Valentine’s Day cards and now over 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are sent each year.
- The average number of wedding proposals on Valentine’s Day each year is 220,000.
Coochicoo Cards wish you a wonderful Valentine’s Day and if you are lucky enough to get engaged, many Congratulations xx