5 Facts About Valentine's Day
03 February 2015
Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and as you can probably imagine it’s our busiest day of the year! And even though it means working a little bit harder, we don’t mind because we love to see everyone enjoying our beautiful Valentine’s Day flowers!
We love Valentine’s Day so much that we thought we’d give you a few facts, to impress your loved one with!
A Medieval Heritage
Valentine’s Day is thought to have come into being around the end of the 13th Century, and the first mention of it as a stand-alone festival comes in a Geoffrey Chaucer poem, published in 1382. It was during the medieval period that Valentine’s Day became a popular event for young couples. One of the rituals associated with the day was the drawing of names from a bowl. The name you drew would be your Valentine, and you would have to wear that name on your sleeve all day. Hence the expression, “wearing your heart on your sleeve!”
A Kindly Saint?
Nobody is quite sure who Saint Valentine is, but many historians believe him to be a Roman priest who was put to death in AD 496 for performing secret marriages of Roman soldiers, who were supposed to remain single by law. Whilst in prison, Valentine reportedly performed a miracle on the jailer’s daughter who was blind. According to legend, on the night before his death he wrote a letter to her signing it “from your Valentine.”
Valentine’s Day Cards
25 million Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged in the UK each year, making Valentine’s Day second only to Christmas in terms of card giving. People have been sending Valentine’s Day cards since the end of the 18th Century. The first cards were often handmade, with self-composed love poems inside. A reduction in postal fees meant that sending cards became an inexpensive way of showing someone you were thinking of them.
A Global Holiday
Valentine’s Day is one of the few holidays that is celebrated globally. In Finland, it’s known as Friend’s Day and it is a day for spending time with friends, rather than engaging in romantic love! In India, the festival is becoming more and more popular amongst young people, despite opposition from religious leaders who complain that it is a Western invention. And in Japan, there is a strict etiquette for giving Valentine’s Day gifts. Chocolates are the most popular gifts, and women often give them to male co-workers. On March 14th, men are expected to return gifts that are at least 2-3 times more valuable than the gifts they received.
50 Shades of Grey
This year sees the release of one of the most hotly anticpated movies ever! 50 Shades of Grey stars Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan, and is already looking like a great date movie (or just the perfect night out with the girls!). Why not treat your Valentine to our Unforgettable 50 Roses hand-tied bouquet?
Flowers Make The Best Gift
Easily the best gift to give someone on Valentine’s Day is a beautiful bouquet of flowers! Roses are particularly popular. Over £20 million is spent on flowers in the UK on Valentine’s Day, with the majority of them being bought by men for their Valentine. But don’t forget, there are loads of other great gifts you can give someone to show them how much you care! Chocolates and wine are two popular gifts!
We hope that this Valentine’s Day sees you with the person you love, or at least enjoying yourself with people you care about!
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