I hope you all remembered Valentine’s Day?! At least it over for another year! How much of it is a great idea on behalf of card manufacturers? The true meaning of Valentine’s can be found below:
- Often chocolates and flowers are the gifts of choice these days, but what was the traditional gift given by a man to a woman on Valentine’s Day? A pair of gloves, symbolising a request for a lady’s hand in marriage.
- Who are sent the most Valentine’s Day cards? Teachers, followed by children, mothers, wives and lovers.
- Every Valentine’s Day, thousands of cards are sent to Verona, Italy. Why? They are sent to Shakespeare’s Juliet.
- Who was St. Valentine (most likely)? A priest from Rome in 3rd century AD.
- How did Valentine’s Day start (most likely)? Thought to have originated from a Roman festival called Lupercalia; as part of the fertility celebrations (honouring the protection of sheep from wolves!), boys drew names of girls from a box. They’d be boyfriend and girlfriend during the festival and sometimes they’d get married.
- What else is St Valentine a patron saint of (besides love)? Beekeepers! (As well as greetings cards manufacturers.)
- What is said to start annually on February 14 in the animal world? The mating season of birds.
- Roughly how many Valentine’s cards are sent each year: 10m, 100m or 1bn? 1bn!
- Somewhere in the UK, a mythical figure named ‘Jack’ Valentine does what on February 14th? In Norfolk, Jack knocks on the rear door and leaves sweets and presents for children; many, understandably, are scared of him.