Interesting facts about Valentine’s Day
Valentine’s Day is on February 14 and its name comes from an early Christian martyr named Saint Valentine. It is traditionally a day when lovers express their love for each other by giving each other flowers, chocolates and cards. Valentine’s Day symbols include the heart, doves, and Cupid. Nowadays, St Valentine’s Day is celebrated in many parts of the world. People in love buy presents, send messages and cards to their lovers.
In middle ages, names of young men and women were pulled from a bowl and were declared each other’s valentines. These names were then pinned to their sleeves for everyone to witness for one week. That’s how the expression, “to wear your heart on your sleeve” originated.
Valentine’s Day is the number 1 holiday for florists. People who buy flowers on this day are 73% men and only 27% women. Each colour of rose sent on Valentine’s day have some meaning e.g. red rose means love and respect, pink says, “I am having sweet thoughts about you” and white rose stands for purity and states, “I am worthy of you”. Also the number of roses also counts for instance, 1 stands for love at first sight; 12 is to say, “I love you.”
In late 1800s the first box of chocolate was introduced by Richard Cadbury for Valentine’s Day. Each year more than 35 million heart shaped chocolate boxes are sold on Valentine’s Day.
In Japan they have two Valentine’s Day. The first is February 14th when girls give dark chocolate to the boys they like and the second is on March 14th when boys give cookies or white chocolate to the girls they like.
fall for someone: to fall in love
love is blind: when you love someone, you do not notice their faults
catch someone’s eye: to be attractive to another person
fall head over heels for someone: to completely fall in love
be lovey-dovey: describes a couple who show how much they are in love
Why don’t you try to write a love poem to celebrate!
I love you, I love you, I love you, I do
My love is forever and truly for you
Be my Valentine and I’ll be yours
We’ll be love even when the rain pours
I’m happy, so happy that you are mine
Say you love me and we’ll be fine
Poem by ACET’s Laura!
Facts with a little help from http://www.omg-facts.com and http://www.factslist.net