6 Interesting Facts About Valentines Day
Valentines day is less than a month away now, and in the romantic spirit of this holiday, I’ve trawled the internet to collate a number of interesting facts about this celebration of love. How many do you already know? Also, have a look at the new range of Valentines Gifts that I've just released!
Cupid’s Nectar.According to Roman Mythology, nectar was the drink of the gods. When the son of Venus, Cupid was carrying nectar to the gods in their home on Mount Olympus, he spilled some of it. The first rose is said to have started growing on this spot.
The Origin of Valentines
The feast of Saint Valentines has historical roots going all the way back to 496 AD in honour of Saint Valentine who died on the 14th February in 269 AD. It wasn’t until the 18th century in England that the current tradition of giving gifts such as flowers, chocolates and greetings cards started.
Women Gifting Men Chocolates
In Japan, it’s women who give men gifts on Valentines day! It’s traditional for women to give men chocolates on this day. There are two types of gifts - those for male friends & colleagues, where there is no romantic interest. The second type of gift is for those where the female has a romantic interest, and they’ll traditionally create the chocolate gift themselves, in the spirit of true love. Men do get the chance to return the favour, as exactly one month later on the 14th March is ‘White Day’ where gifts are exchanged the other way.
US Presidential LossLess than two days after the birth of their child, President Roosevelt’s wife (Alice Hathaway Roosevelt) died from Bright’s disease on Valentines day, at the young age of 22 years old.
Romeo & JulietThis famous play by Shakespeare is one of the most well known Love Stories from around the world. Shakespeare didn’t create this whole idea himself though; he based the story on a long poem called The Tragicall Historye of Romeus and Juliet (1562),by Arthur Brooke, who had himself based his poem on a French translation.
Most Expensive Cities To Spend ValentinesWhile Valentines day is a romantic tradition that is celebrated around the world, there are a number of cities that spend an extraordinary amount of money on this holiday. A recent piece of research looks at a number of different cities, and how expensive it is for a number of different traditional activities and gifts for Valentines day. The top five cities (most expensive first) are as follows:
1. Los Angeles, USA - €1237
2. Venice, Italy - €1012
3. New York, USA - €993
4. Sydney, Australia - €979
5. Zurich, Switzerland - €976
Full data for this can be seen here
While spending your Valentines in these cities might not be possible this year, but hopefully we’ll be able to properly celebrate next year!
Does anyone else have any interesting facts about Valentines Day? I'm interested to know - let me know in the comments below!
I've also released a new range of Valentines Gifts, to help you give the perfect present to that special someone ❤️