HAPPY Valentine's Day to all our readers. This is probably the only day where bad weather means nothing - we're happy, and we're planning on getting lots of loving. Every February 14, across the United States and in other places around the world, candy, flowers and gifts are exchanged between loved ones, all in the name of St. Valentine. Here are some fun facts about valentine's day that you can tell your other significant ones and keep the day jolly.
Valentine's Day Facts
- Did you know that Mother's day and valentine's day are the two biggest occasions on which flowers are given?
- Numerous early Christian martyrs were named Valentine.
- In Finland Valentine's Day is called Ystävänpäivä which translates into "Friend's day". So, you can celebrate Valentine's day with your pals and not feel odd receiving gifts for them either.
- In some Latin American countries Valentine's Day is known as "Día del Amor y la Amistad" (Day of Love and Friendship).
Valentine's Day Cards
- Every year around 1 billion Valentine cards are sent across. I'm guilty of one of them myself. But, still, Valentine's day card sales comes after Christmas as the single largest seasonal card-sending occasion. Women loves cards.
- Did you know that Teachers receive the most Valentine's Day cards? Amazing; our kids love their teachers, and they love themselves too. Children between ages 6 to 10 exchange more than 650 million Valentine's cards with teachers, classmates, and fagmily members.
- 73% of people who buy Valentine's Day flowers are men, while only 27 percent are women.
- A single perfect red rose is the preferred choice for most for giving on Valentine's Day, anniversaries and birthdays.
- 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.
- Cupid is a symbol of Valentine's Day. Cupid was associated with Valentine's Day because he was the son of Venus, the Roman god of love and beauty. Cupid often appears on Valentine cards and gift tokens holding a bow and arrows as he is believed to use magical arrows to arouse feelings of love.
Valentine's day and Africa
- Valentine's Day in South Africa is celebrated with great passion and enthusiasm. The day is celebrated on 14th February every year. The craze and verve for the festival is like any other festival in South Africa. The geographical location of the country has made it one of the most romantic destinations. Thousands of tourists get attracted towards the beauty of the place when it comes to celebrate the festival of love.
- More than 70% of all cocoa beans are grown on African soil, so your Valentine chocolates are likely to have originated in Africa.Around 800 million flowers will be making their way from Kenya's Lake Naivasha region to markets throughout Europe for the Valentine's day rush. Flowers are Kenya's biggest export earner, and growers employ more than 70,000 people.