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Valentine's Day Facts We Bet You Didn't Know

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You may have heard the story of Bishop Valentine who went against the wishes of a Roman King and performed secret wedding. When he was sent to jail, he wrote a note to the jailor's daughter, signing it "from your Valentine." This is one of the many interesting stories and facts that have evolved around Valentine’s Day which not many of us know. As the season of love approaches, enhance your knowledge on Valentine's Day so that you can impress your valentine with some lesser known facts.

Here are some interesting facts about Valentine's Day that you would love to know:
  1. It may sound weird, but the world sees truth in the fact that in Victorian era, it was considered a bad luck to sign a Valentine’s Day card.
  1. We all know that red roses are the flower of love because red stands for sensual and romantic feelings. But what many might not be aware of is the fact that red rose was considered the favorite flower of Venus, the Roman Goddess of Love.
  1. Those who have a valentine or a partner make the most of the Valentine's Day. But what about them who are not lucky yet to have a girl friend. People who are not involved in a romantic relationship need not despair because they can always celebrate Singles Awareness Day – an alternative to Valentine's Day. It's celebrated on February 15.
  1. Did you know that the expression "to wear your heart on your sleeve" has its origin in the Middle Ages? It was in those days that young men and women used to draw names from a bowl to see who would be their valentine. For the next one week, they would wear the name pinned onto their sleeves so that everyone can see.
  1. When discussing the Valentine's Day custom in the Middle Ages, one should also note that the girls of medieval times used to eat bizarre food on St. Valentine's Day with a belief that those food would help them dream of their future spouse.
  1. It was precisely during this period, it is believed, that symbol X became synonymous with the kiss. You may ask, how? People who couldn't write, used to sign their names in front of a witness with an X. They used to then kiss on the X to show their sincere love.
  1. Few centuries later, precisely in the 1800s, the physicians started advising their patients to consume chocolate to reduce their pining for the love lost. It was a common cure prescribed for lovelorn individuals.
  1. The credit for creating the first box of chocolates for Valentine's Day goes to Richard Cadbury. He produced the chocolates in the late 1800s. Moreover, he marketed the chocolate boxes as having a dual purpose: After the chocolates are eaten, the pretty box could be used to store precious mementos like love letters.
  1. Have you ever wondered what was so special about the marriage between Elton John and Renate Blauel, Meg Ryan and Dennis Quaid, and Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee? They all got married on February 14.
  1. And finally, in case you don't know, Valentine's Day in Finland is actually called the “Friend's Day.” The day is dedicated to remembering your buddies rather than your lover. Instead of heart-shaped gifts, the Finnish give cards and small gifts to everyone they care about.
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