Interesting Facts About The Origin Of Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s Day is considered a holiday of love around the world, but you may not know there are many legends surrounding this holiday. Join us to learn more Interesting facts about the origin of Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day, also called Saint Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, is celebrated annually on February 14. It originated as a Christian feast day honoring one or two early Christian martyrs named Saint Valentine and, through later folk traditions, has become a significant cultural, religious, and commercial celebration of romance and love in many regions of the world.

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The Origin Of Valentine’s Day

What Are The Origin Of Valentine’s Day?

There are many theories about the origin of Valentine’s Day.

The most popular theory is that Valentine was a Christian priest in Rome during the third century. He was imprisoned for secretly marrying couples and for his faith. When he was released, he continued to marry couples in secret and he became known as Saint Valentine.

The second theory is that the day is based on a pagan celebration called Lupercalia, which is an ancient Roman festival held on February 15th to honor Juno Februata, the Roman goddess of fertility and love. It has been speculated that Lupercalia may have been Pope Gelasius I’s attempt to replace Lupercalia with a Christian holiday celebrating love rather than fertility.

The third theory states that it originated from the pagan tradition of giving gifts for luck and love on February 14th-15th, which later evolved into sending cards or flowers on Valentine’s Day in England around 1840.

What Are The Origin Of Valentine's Day
What Are The Origin Of Valentine’s Day

What Is The Meaning Of The Origin Of Valentine’s Day?

Valentine’s Day has long been one of the most widely celebrated holidays in the United States, Carden shares: “In the second half of the 1800s, particularly after the Civil War, the celebration was a major event in the United States, surpassed only by the popularity of Christmas.”

The holiday has also maintained its meaning and significance over time, a remarkable feat for a holiday this old. “Historians call [some of our holidays] degenerate holidays, which means they once had a more noble origin. For example, we have All Hallows’ Eve, which has turned into Halloween. It is a key example. Instead of celebrating the righteous lives of saints, it’s a ‘ghoulish, let’s have fun with death and witches and black cat’ thing,” he explains. “But Valentine’s Day still celebrates romantic love, which it has always done.”

In the United States, varying levels of importance are given to Valentine’s Day. Some couples look forward to it all year and see it as a perfect opportunity to display and declare their love. Others find it to be a forced commercial holiday and want to avoid it altogether, choosing instead to show their affection on their own schedule. Carden says that because it isn’t a religious holiday anymore—”It isn’t generally celebrated in churches,” he offers—people can choose how and to what extent they want to mark the day.

What Is The Meaning Of Valentine Day
What Is The Meaning Of The Origin Of Valentine’s Day

How To Celebrate In Different Countries

Denmark: white flowers and guessing games

In Denmark people traditionally exchange pressed white flowers called snowdrops instead of fresh bouquets. It’s also traditional for people to send their crushes “joke letters” called gaekkebrev. These poems or rhymes are signed only with dots, so the recipient has to guess who sent it. If they guess correctly, the sender will owe them a chocolate Easter egg later in the spring.

South Korea: men get pampered

Boyfriends and husbands are spoiled for Valentine’s Day with chocolates and flowers. March 14th is “White Day” when women are doted on with chocolate, flowers and a gift.

Japan: obligatory chocolate

February 14th in Japan is also a day to spoil men. However, it’s not just your sweetheart you’re expected to spoil. Chocolate is given to male friends, coworkers and bosses, as well. Different types of chocolate are expected for different relationships: “giri choco” or “obligatory chocolate” is for platonic relationships and love interests get “honmei choco” (true love chocolate) along with a handmade gift.

Just as South Korea, women receive the same treatment on March 14.

Germany: chocolate pigs and gingerbread

If someone gave you a chocolate pig for Valentine’s Day, would you consider it an insult?

You wouldn’t if you lived in Germany. The pig represents both luck and lust. It’s traditional to exchange pig-themed gifts with the one you love.

Germans also celebrate Valentine’s Day with a much tastier version of those “conversation heart” candies: big, heart-shaped ginger cookies with messages written on them.

Norfolk, England: here comes jack valentine

How To Celebrate In Different Countries
How To Celebrate In Different Countries – The Origin Of Valentine’s Day

The English county of Norfolk is known for its particularly lavish and elaborate Valentine’s Day traditions. Many people in Norfolk celebrate Valentine’s Day with gifts from “Jack Valentine,” a Santa Claus-type figure that leaves gifts on the front porch.

The Philippines: Mass weddings

For more than a decade, Filipinos have been celebrating Valentine’s Day with mass weddings. Couples gather to exchange vows and celebrate at the same time. Local government agencies usually sponsor these mass weddings. For couples living in poverty, this is a way they can afford marriage.

Ghana: national chocolate day

In Ghana, February 14th is National Chocolate Day. Tastings, dinners and other events are held around the country to promote Ghana’s top agricultural export- the cocoa bean.

Estonia: the original “Galentine’s day”

In Estonia it’s called Sobrapaev, which means “Friendship Day.” Instead of a day for sweethearts, it’s a day to celebrate friendships of all sorts.

Taiwan: flowers with a twist

Taiwan celebrates Valentine’s Day on February 14 (as well as another similar holiday on July 1st ). Just as in Western countries, girlfriends expect to receive flowers.

However, in Taiwan, the color and number of flowers in the bouquet often carry a secret message. Red roses mean “you’re my one and only.” Ninety-nine roses mean “I will love you forever.” One hundred and eight roses mean “will you marry me?”

Fun Facts About The Origin Of Valentine’s Day

  • Over 145 million Valentine’s Day cards are sent in the US every year, according to Hallmark(opens in new tab).
  • Many countries around the world celebrate Valentine’s Day – but especially the UK, US, Canada, Mexico, France Australia, Denmark and Italy
  • Cupid, the winged cherub often associated with Valentine’s Day, is the mythical son of Venus – goddess of love.
  • There is a town in Texas, USA called Valentine and as of 2018(opens in new tab), it had a population of 125 people.
  • The average American spent $165 on Valentine’s Day gifts in 2021.
  • Henry VIII made Valentine’s Day an official holiday in England in 1537.
  • Bay leaves were thought to bring good luck to women on Valentine’s Day during Victorian times.
  • In the Middle Ages, men and women wore the name of their Valentine on their jacket so everyone could see. This is where we get the phrase “wear your heart on your sleeve” from.
  • The heart only became associated with feelings of love during the 14th century when artists included the symbol in paintings.
  • Research from the University of Rochester(opens in new tab) found that men consider women to be more attractive when wearing red, the colour typically associated with the holiday.
  • Thousands of people send letters to Verona, Italy for Juliet – from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet – every year.
  • 43% of millennials see Valentine’s Day as the best day to get engaged, research from diamond retailer James Allen(opens in new tab) says.
  • 16% of flowers bought by women on Valentine’s Day were for themselves, the Society of American Florists(opens in new tab) revealed in 2019.
  • Alexander Graham Bell, who invented the telephone, applied for a patent for his invention on Valentine’s Day 1876.
Fun Facts About Valentines Day
Fun Facts About The Origin Of Valentine’s Day

Above are interesting information about the origin of Valentine’s Day. We hope that this article will help you get more useful information for you. Annabel Rosendahl wishes you and your other half a happy and happy Valentine’s Day

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