Old Or Young, Married or Single, It’s Still Valentine’s Day

People either look forward to it or despise it, but once February 14 rolls around, it’s time to pull out the red and pink hearts and assorted chocolates! In honor of Saint Valentine’s Day, here’s a list of some fun facts, trivia and superstitions about the annual holiday. So, whether you’re celebrating with that special someone or basking with pals in the glories of the single life, have a wonderful Valentine’s Day this Friday, February 14.

•Saint Valentine is the patron saint of lovers and engaged couples. He is also the patron saint of epilepsy (which he is said to have suffered), plague, greetings, travelers, young people and bee keepers.
•On average, 36 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate are sold for Valentine’s Day each year – equaling out to about $1 billion worth of chocolate.
•The ancient Romans celebrated the Lupercalia on February 14 in honor of Juno, the queen of the Roman gods and goddesses. Juno was also the goddess of women and marriage.
•In the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names from a bowl to see who their valentines would be. They would wear these names on their sleeves for one week. To wear your heart on your sleeve now means that it is easy for other people to know how you are feeling.
•If you see a flock of doves on Valentine’s Day, you will have a happy, peaceful marriage. •Approximately 110 million roses, mostly red, will be sold and delivered within the three-day Valentine’s Day time period.
•A love knot is a symbol of undying love, as its twisting loops have no beginning and no end. In the past, they were made of ribbon or drawn on paper to prove one’s eternal love.
•To be awoken by a kiss on Valentine’s Day is considered lucky. •Casanova, well-known as “The World’s Greatest Lover,” ate chocolate to make him virile.
•The oldest surviving love poem to date is written in a clay tablet from the times of the Sumerians, inventors of writing, around 3500 B.C.
•“Quirkyalone Day” is celebrated on February 14 as an alternative to Valentine’s Day for people who “resist the tyranny of coupledom.” Another alternate celebration is SAD (Single Awareness Day), which reminds people that they don’t need to be in a relationship to celebrate life.

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