History Of Valentine’s Day
A priest named Valentine believed that marriage was necessary of those couples that truly believed they were in love. He thought if they were not married they would live together in sin. Therefore, he illegally married couples, which was against what the Emperor of Britain set in place. The Roman soldiers found out about his illegal marriages and Valentine was arrested and remained a Christian, though the Emperor thought he should have become a Roman.
Because of his Christian beliefs he was sent to prison until he was sentenced to death. While in prison Valentine wrote letters that he sent to friends and family and asked to be prayed for by writing “Remember your Valentine.”
Since then St. Valentine has evolved into not only a statue and paintings of himself but symbols like cupids, red roses, hearts, and doves.
Valentine was killed on the 14th or the 24th of February in the year 269 or 270. History is not clear. We celebrate Valentine’s Day on February 14th in honor of St. Valentine.
The Celebration and Traditions
Valentine’s Day is celebrated in the United States, Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, France and Australia. By the middle of the 18th Century, it was common for friends and lovers of all social classes to exchange small tokens of affection or handwritten notes, and by 1900 printed cards began to replace written letters due to improvements in printing technology.
Nowadays, children all around the world celebrate Valentines Day by exchanging Valentines Day cards to classmates, even a secret crush.
Couples overbook restaurants for Valentine’s Day dates and hotels for intimate nights. Many weddings also happen on Valentine’s Day.
From the looks of the tradition, St. Valentine is most likely pleased that love is expressed that day more than any other day throughout the year.
Facts About Valentines Day (according to http://www.novareinna.com/festive/valentine.html)
Approximately one billion Valentine cards are exchanged each year…the largest seasonal card-selling occasion of the year next to Christmas.
Most Valentine’s Day cards (83%) are purchased by women. However, the number of cards purchased by men (currently 17%) is gradually rising, thought by some sources to be due to the fact that men often purchase two cards for their significant others…an amusing one and the obligatory romantic one which they believe is expected of them.
Half of all consumers prefer to receive a humorous Valentine, followed by a romantic greeting (31%) and then a more risqué form of card (8.2%). More than one-third of women (36%) and 26% of males prefer to receive a romantic Valentine. 13% of males prefer a more sexy Valentine, whereas only 3.5% of women prefer this variety of card.
February 14 is the most important holiday for florists, accounting for 32% of annual sales.
73% of people who buy flowers to send on Valentine’s Day are male…only 27% are female.
California produces 60% of American roses, but the vast majority sold on Valentine’s Day in the United States are imported…mostly from South America.
Approximately 110 million roses…the majority of them being red…will be sold and delivered within a three-day time period during the Valentine’s Day celebrations.
36% of males and 28% of females put off their Valentine’s Day shopping until February 14 or the day before…64% of consumers will plan to do their shopping a week or more prior to the date.
Males tend to spend more money on Valentine’s Day gifts than do females and are more likely to buy big-ticket items…the average amount spent being $95.00.
Approximately 3% of pet owners will give a Valentine’s Day gift to their pet.
Alexander Graham Bell applied for his patent on the telephone on Valentine’s Day in 1876.
The chief colors associated with Valentine’s Day are pink, red and white. Pink is a delicate, almost innocent shade of red and is also connected with Saint Valentine, whose burial was said to have caused the pink almond tree to blossom. Red is a symbol of warmth and feeling…the color of the heart, while white represents purity and faith…a faith between two that love each other.