What is Valentines Day?
Valentine’s Day, also called Saint Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, is a secular and religious holiday celebrated annually on February 14.
It originated as a Western Christian feast day honoring one or two early saints named Valentinus.
Valentine’s Day is recognized as a significant cultural, religious and commercial celebration of romance and romantic love in many regions around the world, although it is not a public holiday in any country.
14 facts you didn’t know about V DAY!
1. It has some pretty dark roots.
Historians believe Valentine’s Day actually began in Ancient Rome as a pagan fertility festival called Lupercalia, which included sacrificing animals and whipping women with animal skins until they bled, signifying their fertility. So romantic.
2. In the 1300s, it officially became a holiday associated with love and romance.
The holiday was Christianized — no more animal sacrifices! — and was celebrated in mid-February because many believed that birds started their mating season on February 14, which is why doves are often associated with love.
3. Saint Valentine wasn’t just one person.
In fact, he might have been two or three. But the most common “founder” of Valentine’s Day was the Saint Valentine who defied Emperor Claudius II. At the time, Claudius had banned marriage because he thought it distracted young soldiers. Valentine felt a bit differently — he illegally married couples until he was caught. After he was sentenced to his death, young couples would visit his cell and give him flowers and cards. And the day he actually died? February 14. Allegedly.
But there have been multiple St. Valentines throughout history, including one pope. (He only served for 40 days in 827 A.D.)
4. The first valentines were sent in the 15th century.
But not until the 17th century did people start exchanging cards and letters. And Valentine’s Day cards weren’t mass-produced until the 1840s.
5. Today, it’s pretty big business.
Check these stats that UK spend on Valentines Day! This statistic shows the average expenditure on Valentine’s Day gifts in the United Kingdom (UK) in 2016, broken down by city. Preston was the city with the highest average spend on gifts, closely followed by Milton Keynes with 49.27 British pounds.
6. The average spending on Valentine’s Day in the UK would rise 12% compared to the year before.
A study conducted for PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) calculated that the people in the UK would spend almost half a billion pounds on Valentine’s Day gifts, men spending about 40 pounds each, which is nearly twice as much as women. The study also predicted that the average spending on Valentine’s Day would rise 12% compared to the year before.
7. The most popular gift on Valentine’s Day is flowers.
Followed by chocolate and then jewelry. Americans send more than 220 million roses each year, and as many as six million couples will get engaged on February 14. (February is the second most popular month after December for proposals.)
8. The first heart-shaped box of chocolates was introduced in 1868.
Today, more than 36 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolates are sold each year. That’s 58 million pounds of chocolate.
9. Necco Sweethearts – conversation hearts – were invented in 1866.
Each box has approximately 45 sayings – including “True Love,” “Hug Me,” and “You Rock” — but you can personalize your own, too. And about 10 new sayings are added each year.
10. More than 8 billion conversation hearts are manufactured each year.
And Necco has to start making them just days after February 14 to have enough in time for the next Valentine’s Day. That’s almost 100,000 pounds per day. But don’t worry if you still have last year’s box — they have a shelf life of five years.
11. Apparently, condom sales rise in February.
Sales are almost 20% to 30% higher around Valentine’s Day. And maybe not so surprisingly, more at-home pregnancy tests are sold in March than any other month.
12. Lace is commonly used in Valentine’s Day decorations.
It comes from the Latin lacques, which means to snare or to net, as in catch a person’s heart.
13. It’s celebrated differently around the world.
Many Latin American countries know the holiday as el día de los enamorados (day of lovers) or día del amor y la amistad (day of love and friendship.)
In Japan, it’s customary for just the women to give confections to the men in their lives, with the quality of the chocolate indicating their true feelings, according to Fortune. On March 14, the men repay the favor by celebrating the increasingly popular “White Day.”
14. Valentine’s Day has many peculiarities
- White Day
The custom in Japan is someone different from our own. To express their love, women give men hand made chocolate gifts on Valentine’s Day, while men reciprocate on the following day (White Day) by gifting a present that is three times as valuable as the gift they received on the 14th of February.
- Black noodles for the lonely
In Seoul and throughout South Korea, women give chocolate to men on the 14th of February. On the 14th of March, men show their love by gifting candy to their girlfriends and wives. All the single ladies and men who did not receive any candy or chocolate grieve on the 14th of April (aka Black Day) by going out and eating black noodles.
- A ban on Valentine’s Day
Believe it or not, this holiday is actually banned in Saudi Arabia. Gifting tokens of affection such as flowers, chocolates or presents is forbidden and companies in the retail and hospitality industry are discouraged from promoting the holiday. Furthermore, people are not allowed to wear any red clothing; selling red objects on this day is likewise prohibited.
2019 MY VALENTINES
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Happy Valentine's Day from Shaw HQ! 🖤 Without love, the rich and poor live in the same house. Today is going to be an awesome day (and yep Winnie is full on tantrumming in this photo as she's getting a molar tooth through and she's full of cold) Today I have a @dermalogica ProSkin facial which I will tell you more details of in my Insta stories/another post. I'm also doing a @miniuforkids Valentine's Day Giveaway going live later today! Anddd it's takeaway treat night and film night with the kids. Plus cake. Of course! Impressed with how the heart cake turned out, the kids decorated! 😋 And remember – whether you're single or in a relationship you are loved regardless and if you are 'alone alone' there's always help out there financially or mentally it's just about taking that step and reaching out for it.
How I celebrate Valentines Day.
- Treat my loved ones – AKA the children.
- Eat because I’m overweight with no one to impress AKA everyday.
- Wait til 50% off chocolate the next day #winning.
- When on Facebook expect all the engagements just like Christmas day and unlike previously (before the cynicism set in) actually not give a shit but be misanthropical and wonder when they divorce or how long the engagement lasts.
- It shouldn’t be a day to be sad when you have love around you!
I love love. 💋🖤
Treat yo self!
Today I’ve had an epic Dermalogica facial. Doing a GIVEAWAY on my Instagram, nuggets and chips and a film with the children later! Been a great day!