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Get in the mood for love with interesting facts about the sweetest holiday Valentine’s Day. Why are red roses so popular? What is Happy SAD? Here is the most enjoyable and unbelievable collection of Valentine’s Day interesting facts. Share with your friends to amaze them this Valentine Day.
8. Cupid’s History
As the son of winged messenger of the gods Mercury and the goddess of love Venus, Cupid was destined to be a flying romantic. While he is often depicted as an arrow wielding cherub, you can sometimes find cupid in battle armour to both suggest the ironic parallels between warfare and romance or to symbolize the invincibility of love.
7. Start a Conversation
The first conversation heart was created in 1866 by Daniel Chase who figured out how to press food dye letters onto its famous candy. Today, they consistently add new sayings to keep the conversation fresh and they sell nearly over 8 million of them every year.
6. Dream Up Your Spouse!
In the medieval times on Valentine’s Day, girls used to eat certain special foods to dream of their future spouse. Another interesting traditional tale says, the type of man a woman would marry could be told by the type of animal or bird she first saw on Valentine’s Day. If you saw a squirrel, you would marry a stingy person and if you saw a goldfish, you would marry a rich person.
5. One Perfect Rose
Red roses are considered the flower of love because juggling the letters of the word ‘rose’ would result in ‘EROS’, who is the God of Love.
4. Hello honey, Happy Valentine’s Day!
You can thank Alexander Graham Bell for these telephonic wishes. Did you know it was on Valentine’s Day in 1876 when he applied for a patent for the telephone? I know what you’re thinking, it was probably a co-incidence but so what?
3. Sharing Love Around the World
In Japan, women are expected to give chocolate and other gifts to men on Valentine’s Day. This tradition was started as a marketing campaign by Japanese chocolate companies. Men are not off the hook, unfortunately. They are expected to return the favor on March 14th, commonly known as White Day.
2. Who was “Valentine” after all?
Historians suggest that Valentine’s Day was initiated during the third century in Rome. According to the popular story, Emperor Claudius II outlawed marriage for young men as he believed single men made better soldiers. However to contradict his views, a young priest named Valentine secretly continued to perform marriages for young lovers. Emperor Claudius sentenced Valentine to death when he learned about his love-deeds. In jail, he fell in love with the jailer’s daughter. Before he was put to death, he inked his last love letter to his beloved and signed it “From Your Valentine”, an expression still in use! Later, February 14th was declared as a day to honor Valentine.
1. Happy SAD
If you’re anti-Valentine, single and yet to mingle, there’s no need to sulk, there’s a day dedicated for you too. You can celebrate Singles Awareness Day (SAD) instead. It’s an alternative to Valentine’s Day for all the happy single people to commiserate in their single status. According to tradition people wear green, as it is considered to be the ‘opposite’ of red and a common greeting on this day is “Happy SAD!”
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