It’s the month of February and to some people that only means one thing… Valentine’s Day!
Whether you’re planning on having a romantic night with your loved one or if you have decided this year to take a trip to the cinema with the release of ’50 Shades of Grey’. It seems that there is something for everyone this Valentines!
Below is some fun an interesting facts about Valentine’s Day
-The most popular theory about Valentine’s Day origin is that Emperor Claudius II didn’t want Roman men to marry during the wartime. Bishop Valentine went against his wishes and performed secret weddings. For this, Valentine was jailed and executed. While in jail he wrote a note to the jailor’s daughter signing it “from your valentine”
-In Victorian times it was considered bad luck to sign a Valentine’s Day card.
-The most fantastic gift of love is the Taj Mahal in India. It was built by Mughal Emperor Shahjahan as a memorial to his wife.
-Many believe the X symbol became synonymous with the kiss in medieval times. People who couldn’t write their names signed in front of a witness with an X. The X was then kissed to show their sincerity.
-Richard Cadbury produced the first box of chocolates for Valentine’s Day in the late 1800s.
-More than 35 million heart-shaped boxed of chocolate will be sold for Valentine’s Day.
-In the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names from a bowl to see who would be their valentine. They would then 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”.
-Based on retail statistics, about 3 percent of pet owners will give Valentine’s Day gifts to their pets.
-About 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged each year. This makes it the second largest seasonal card sending time of the year.
-The red rose was the favourite flower of Venus, the Roman Goddess of Love.
-Red roses are considered the flower of love because the colour red stands for strong romantic feelings.
-The Fifty Shades of Grey author E.L. James has never been to Seattle or Portland where the book is set. She actually used Google Street View to visualize the setting in her books.
-Christian Grey was originally supposed to be played by Charlie Hunnam from Son of Anarchy. He later dropped out of the project because Sons of Anarchy would have interfered with Fifty Shades of Grey. Eventually former underwear model Jamie Dornan was picked for the role.
-Every Valentine’s Day, the Italian city of Verona, where Shakespeare’s lovers Romeo and Juliet lived, receives about 1,000 letters addressed to Juliet.
-220,000 is the average number of wedding proposals on Valentine’s Day each year.
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