Happy Valentine’s Day – some facts and figures

Screen Shot 2017-02-14 at 8.08.02 AMValentines Day has always been the day lovers around the world tell each other and show each other how much their partner means to them. They purchase gifts such as flowers, candy, balloons, intimate apparel (usually red), jewelry and make dinner reservations at expense restaurants to show their loved one how dear their feelings are. Valentines Day is the global and annual day of LOVE! But, it really didn’t start out that way, it just ended up that way. Here is one of the many theories and the most believable.

According to history.com, the first Valentines Day was not really very romantic. In fact, on February 14th, on or about 270 AD, a holy priest by the name of Valentine, was executed in Rome. Why? During this time, Emperor Claudius ll (otherwise know as “Claudius the Cruel”) could not get any men to join his armies. He believed they were unwilling because they were too attached to their wives and children. To get rid of the problem he banned all marriages and engagements in Rome. When the holy priest Valentine heard the news and realized the injustice of this act, he continued to perform marriages for the young lovers is secret. When Claudius became aware of this, he had Valentine arrested, condemned, jailed, beaten to death with clubs and had his head cut off. Legend has it that while he was in jail, he became friendly with the jailer’s daughter and left her a note that said, “From Your Valentine”. Because of the great service he provided, Valentine was proclaimed a saint.

While some believe that Valentine’s Day is celebrated in the middle of February to commemorate the anniversary of Valentine’s death or burial-others claim that the Christian church may have decided to place St. Valentine’s feast day in the middle of February in an effort to “Christianize” the pagan celebration of Lupercalia. Celebrated at the ides of February, or February 15, Lupercalia was a fertility festival dedicated to Faunus, the Roman god of agriculture, as well as to the Roman founders Romulus and Remus. During the Middle Ages, it was commonly believed in France and England that February 14 was the beginning of birds’ mating season, which added to the idea that the middle of Valentine’s Day should be a day for romance. Throughout history, many European nations and the Americas, Valentines Day continues to be a season of love. Gradually, February 14 became a date for exchanging love messages, poems and simple gifts such as flowers around the world.

Screen Shot 2017-02-14 at 8.08.14 AMToday, according to the Greeting Card Association, an estimated 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are sent each year, making Valentine’s Day the second largest card-sending holiday of the year. (An estimated 2.6 billion cards are sent for Christmas.) Women purchase approximately 85 percent of all valentines. Valentines Day is a very special day for many people. They wait all year to show others what’s in their hearts. It’s the time to show your lover how much they mean to you, it’s the time to tell others be it children, parents, grandparents, whomever, that they are loved and appreciated always. It truly is the “Season of Love”.

Happy Valentines Day to all, with much love.

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