Valentine's Day, along with all the chocolates, roses, and thoughtful presents that go along with it, will soon be here, whether you love it or dislike it. But although for many people, Valentine's Day focuses on those things, there is a lot more to the holiday than you would believe.
There are various trivia that will dazzle all of your loved ones and tell them a little bit about the history of the holiday that we celebrate today. Do you know, for instance, which flowers people tend to buy the most on the Lovefest? Or the most well-liked taste among the different chocolate bonbons in each box?
To discover more about February 14 and Valentine's Day, read these interesting facts before making any arrangements. For the Valentine who can never have too much useless information, you may even include one of these pieces of information in your letter.
The history of Valentine's Day is the subject of two theories. Some people think that the holiday originated from Lupercalia, a wild Roman celebration that took place on February 15 and featured males stripping off their clothes and spanking young women in an effort to increase their fertility.
The second hypothesis holds that in order to strengthen his army, Claudius II, the Roman emperor, barred young men from getting married. St. Valentine was put to death on February 14 for disobeying the law and performing secret weddings out of a spirit of love, somewhere about the year 270 A.D.
King Charles VI of France formed La cour amoureuse, or the High Court of Love, on February 14, 1400, the earliest known formal Saint Valentine's Day event, which took place in Paris. The court, which was solely presided over by women, convened to discuss marital agreements, divorces, adultery, and domestic abuse.
Valentine's Day celebrations in America were less romantic and more lighthearted until Esther Howland popularized these heart and flowers day cards and earned the title of "Mother of the American Valentine." She was inspired by the kind and charming cards being sold in England, so she made the decision to start selling them in the United States in the 1870s. Naturally, they departed.
Young men and women would draw names to choose their Valentines back then during the Middle Ages. They will have their sleeve get pinned with their name on them for a week so everyone would know their claimed genuine sentiments.
Roman mythology refers to the God of Love as a young boy who is the son of Venus, the Roman Goddess of Love. The Greeks named him "Eros," which means "intimate love," but their version of his narrative as one of the original gods has been replaced by the Roman version. His Roman figure served as an influence on Renaissance artists, and that is how he is still portrayed today.
He was given the names "Cupid," which is Latin for "desire," and "Amor," which is Latin for "love," by the Romans. Each of his characteristics or traits displays a different side of love and can be interpreted either positively or negatively.
The most significant feature of Cupid is his bow and arrows. He always carries lead arrows, but he sometimes uses gold arrows. If he uses a golden arrow to strike someone in the heart, they will fall in love with the first person they see. The arrow across the heart symbol, which denotes love, has its roots in this.
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The National Retail Federation study said that in 2022, the second-highest year on record, Americans spent $23.9 billion on Valentine's Day. With $27.4 billion spent on the occasion, 2020 established a new spending record. For a candy stand, 57% of the items purchased to celebrate Valentine's Day were candy, followed by greeting cards at 40% and flowers at 37%.
According to a National Confectioners Association poll, Americans prefer chocolate over flowers on Valentine's Day, choosing it 69% of the time versus 31% of the time (NCA). However, there is some disagreement among women, with 59 percent preferring chocolate to 83 percent of men.
Caramel is the most preferred flavor in a box of Valentine's Day chocolates, with 34% of the replies, according to the poll of more than 1,300 adult consumers, which also reveals that Cupid hit Americans with a fondness for the sweet treat. A large percentage of respondents (24%) preferred chocolate-covered nuts, followed by cream- and chocolate-filled nuts (13% each), to round out the top five.
Valentine's Day candy sales in the United States are anticipated to reach $1.057 billion, up 1.9 percent from 2013. Around 75% of Valentine's Day sweets sales are made up of chocolate.
In addition, your chocolate probably comes from the West Coast. Since California has the most chocolate manufacturers, it is likely that the heart-shaped goody boxes you are giving your significant other on Valentine's Day originated on the West Coast.
There are 141 chocolate producers in the state. Second place goes to Pennsylvania, which has 115 chocolate makers. People send thousands of Valentines each year to the famous fictional character, according to the US Census.
At the end of the day, if you're having trouble deciding how to celebrate this day dedicated to love, think about preparing a candlelit meal for two or renting a romantic Valentine's Day movie. Of course, don't forget to design a Valentine's Day card to express your love to your special someone.