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Valentine’s day origin and facts

From history immemorial to the modern day traditions, Valentine’s Day has evolved a lot over the years. It is a day when people around the whole world are free to show their affection to another person by sending gifts like chocolates, flowers, and cards with love messages. Another popular traditional belief is that when Valentine's Day falls in a leap year, women can propose to their desired partner.

But while indulging in the season of romance, most of us don’t even bother to care about the origin of Valentine’s Day. Do you know from where these traditions came from and how the day got its name?

Origin

The day actually got its name from a priest called St. Valentine, and there was heart throbbing mythical stories about him. Some stories say that St. Valentine lived in Rome in the 3rd century AD where Emperor Claudius ruled. The Emperor had banned marriage for soldiers, as he believed that they would do their job better if they were single. Men had no permission to marry, and violators got severe punishments.

St. Valentine found this to be unjust, and he started helping couples to get married without the ruler’s knowledge. At last, when Claudius came to know about this, he put the priest in jail, and he was put to death. Other stories claim that while, in jail, he fell in love with the jailor's daughter and has sent her a letter signed in his name as “from your Valentine". These stories prompt us to believe that this is how Valentine's Day came into practice and lovers got the name "Valentine".

Whatever be the truth is, Valentine’s Day traditions originated from a Roman festival called Lupercalia and later it turned into an occasion in the remembrance of St.Valentine.

Valentine’s day origin and facts (Image: Google)
Valentine’s day origin and facts (Image: Google)

Unknown facts

  • Pet dads and moms celebrate Valentine’s Day with their pets by buying gifts for them.
  • Chocolate giving custom started when Richard Cadbury gave chocolates to his partner in the year 1868.
  • Valentine’s Day is one of the biggest cards sending time of the year when billions of cards are being sent across the globe.
  • Single people celebrate the Single awareness day on Valentine’s Day.
  • In China, instead of Valentine’s Day celebration, people observe an alternate Valentine's Day called as the Qixi, known as the Chinese Valentine’s Day.
  • South Koreans have love holidays on the 14th of every month.
  • Condom sales experience higher hike during the Valentine’s Day.
  • 73 % of Men usually buy flowers for their girlfriends on Valentine’s Day.
  • In Finland, Valentine’s Day is celebrated as friend’s day where people celebrate friendship rather than love.
  • Red roses are considered to symbolize love as it was the favorite flower of the Roman love goddess Venus.

Conclusion

The Valentine's Day is a joyful day of celebration with great gala and style, and it celebrates all across the globe with a traditional touch. Every year in the month of February 14, Valentine's Day triggers business, romance, and love. Sales rise in magical proportions and people celebrate the day with love. All celebrate Valentine's Day in their own style by celebrating it alone or with their loved ones. Whether you remember St. Valentine or not, love is in the air in the month of February.


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