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Interesting Valentine’s Day Facts and Traditions

 

  • Nearly 1 billion cards are sent to friends and family on Valentine’s Day.
  • The rose is the most popular flower given on Valentine’s, Lilies are second.
  • The most popular color of flower is red, followed white and then yellow.
  • A single red rose means I love you.
  • A white rose means eternal love.
  • A yellow rose means friendship.
  • A postage stamp placed sideways on a letter means I love you.
  • The most hated Valentine’s Day gift is a singing telegram.
  • America’s top Valentine’s Day destination is Las Vegas.
  • Endless Love by Lionel Richie and Diana Ross is the top love song.
  • The New England Confectionery Company makes most of the little heart shaped candies.
  • In Morocco, the liver not the heart is the sign of romance.
  • In the middle ages, men and women would draw names from a bowl to see who their valentine would be.  They would then wear the name of their sleeve for one week.  This is where we got the phrase “To wear your heart on your sleeve.”
  • In Colonial America, valentines were often accompanied by a pair of gloves.  If a young lady accepted her suitor’s hand in marriage, she would wear the gloves to church the following Easter Sunday.
  • In the 1700s, unmarried women would pin five bay leaves to their pillows on the eve of Valentine’s day in hopes they would see their future husband in their dreams.
  • In the United Kingdom and Italy, unmarried women used to get up before sunrise on Valentine’s Day and stand by the window.  It was believed the first man they saw would be the one they would marry.
  • Also during the 1700s, a person would pick a dandelion that had gone to seed and blow the seeds into the wind.  The seeds that remained on the stem was supposedly the number of children they would have.
  • Valentine’s is suppose to be the day birds choose their mates.  That’s why you often see doves and bluebirds on greeting cards.
  • Cupid, a popular Valentine’s Day image, is the son of Venus.

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