10 Interesting Facts You Didn't Know About Valentine's Day

  • 20 January 2020
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Valentine’s Day, the festival of love, chocolates and flowers is popularly celebrated around the globe with great fervor. There are, however, many other interesting facts about Valentine’s Day that you otherwise might not have known.

 

Here are 10 interesting facts you didn’t know about Valentine’s Day!

 

Ancient Roman Emperor Claudius II banned men from being married. Saint Valentine, however, performed secret weddings and was executed on February 14th. 

During the medieval times, few people knew how to write and each time they wrote a letter to their beloved, they would sign it with an X representing a kiss.

 The red rose used during Valentine’s Day was a symbol of love and the favorite flower of Venus, the Roman Goddess of love.  

 The Italian city of Verona home to Shakespeare's lovers Romeo and Juliet receives about a thousand letters addressed to Juliet every Valentine’s Day. 

Physicians in the nineteenth century used to advise patients to consume chocolates to help keep them calm after losing their love. 

More than 36 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate are sold each year. The founder of the Cadbury Company, Richard Cadbury, started the tradition of gifting chocolate in the late nineteenth century.

 More than ten million people purchase gifts for their pets on Valentine’s Day. 

The phrase “wearing your heart on your sleeves” was derived from an ancient tradition wherein men used to pick a name from a bowl filled with the names of girls and wear them throughout the week to showcase their love to everyone. 

Cupid the son of Venus and mini God of love is believed to shoot arrows hoping to make two individuals fall in love every Valentine’s Day. 

According to the ancient Greek mythology, doves were considered the sacred birds of love by the Greek Goddess of love, Aphrodite due to their monogamous practices.

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