12 December 2023

10 Valentine’s Day Facts You Probably Didn’t Know

By Ronald Smith

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and soon we’ll be caught up in the usual exchange of roses, chocolates, dinner dates, and all the rituals that come with it. But did you know that there are some really interesting things about this romantic holiday that most people don’t know?

Well, I’ve been given a challenge to share 10 fascinating facts about Valentine’s Day that you probably haven’t heard before. And let me tell you, they’re not your typical trivia about the origins of Valentine’s Day or the meanings behind the colors of roses. No, my friend, we’re going deep into the realms of love, February 14th, traditions, and even some weird and quirky stuff. So whether you’re happily coupled up or enjoying the single life, get ready to discover some mind-blowing knowledge.

Now, let’s dive into these nuggets of info that will surely impress your significant other during a romantic candlelit dinner.

The History Behind “Wearing Your Heart On Your Sleeve”

Have you ever wondered where the saying “wearing your heart on your sleeve” comes from? It’s a familiar phrase used to describe the feeling of love, but its origins may surprise you. While there are many tales, one of my favorites takes us back to the Middle Ages.

10 Valentine’s Day Facts You Probably Didn’t Know

Every year, the Romans held a special festival to honor Juno, the queen of their gods and goddesses. During this festival, the men would draw names to find out who their potential sweetheart would be. Once they knew, they would proudly wear the name on their sleeve, showing everyone their chosen companion. This tradition was similar to a knight becoming a lady’s champion in a jousting match.

2. Why Do We Give Chocolates on Valentine’s Day? It’s All Thanks to Cadbury.

Chocolate and Valentine’s Day are like two peas in a pod. We’ve all seen this classic combination, but where did it all begin?

10 Valentine’s Day Facts You Probably Didn’t Know

In 1868, Richard Cadbury, a member of the Cadbury chocolates family, did something extraordinary for Valentine’s Day. He gave his beloved a box of chocolates in the shape of a heart. What made it even more special was that he used his own paintings to decorate the lid of the box, making it truly unique.

Now, let me tell you a heartwarming story that might lift your spirits. In a world where breakups and divorces are all too common, there exists a shining example of everlasting love and a successful marriage. The Guinness World Record for the longest marriage by a living couple belongs to Herbert and Zelmyra Fisher. They were married for an incredible 86 years and 290 days before Mr. Fisher passed away. Can you believe it? That’s a marriage that spanned over eight and a half decades, proving that true love can indeed last a lifetime.

10 Valentine’s Day Facts You Probably Didn’t Know

But guess what? There’s a couple in the UK who’ve been married for a whopping 88 years. Yep, you read that right. They’ve been together for almost a century! The crazy thing? Their marriage wasn’t even officially recognized. Can you believe that?

4. Your Furry Valentine

We all have things we love, right? Well, for a lot of us, our pets are at the top of that list. They’re not just pets, they’re like family. That’s why it’s no surprise that on Valentine’s Day 2015, pet owners in the US spent a mind-boggling $703 million on gifts for their furry friends. Talk about love!

10 Valentine’s Day Facts You Probably Didn’t Know

If you think spending a lot on a pet is excessive, just wait until you hear how much couples are shelling out for each other on Valentine’s Day – a whopping USD18.9 billion worth!

5. Believe it or not, there are kissing events that break records (and there’s more than one!)

Here’s a fun fact: when you kiss someone, your heartbeat rises to a minimum of 110 beats per minute! In the Philippines, they took this to heart and organized a special event called Lovapalooza, where people gathered to get their hearts racing through a mass kissing frenzy.

10 Valentine’s Day Facts You Probably Didn’t Know

Did you know that in 2004, over 5300 couples tried to break a kissing record? They wanted to beat the previous record held by Chile, where 4445 couples kissed. Hungary later broke that record with 5,875 couples kissing at the Elisabeth Bridge in Budapest in 2005. But then, in 2007, the Philippines reclaimed the record with 6124 couples locking lips in Pasay.

6. A Banned Valentine’s Day Custom Born from Jilted Lovers’ Revenge

In France, there used to be a Valentine’s Day tradition called “The Drawing For Love”.

Single people of different ages would go into houses across from each other and shout through the windows until they found a partner. If a man wasn’t happy with his partner, he could leave her and find someone else.

When men left single women behind, the women would gather to create a massive bonfire. They would then partake in a ceremonial burning of photographs of those men, who had abandoned them without warning, adding some well-deserved curses into the mix. Allowing emotions to run wild is easy (whether they are positive or negative) and, as expected, things quickly spiraled out of control. This led to the French government eventually banning this particular custom.

7. The Chinese have a Non-Traditional Valentine’s Day Inspired by Lost Love

It is said that it’s better to have loved and lost than to never have loved at all. The Qixi Festival is a celebration of love that is inspired by the bittersweet story of a weaver girl and a cowherd. While the weaver girl was a celestial being, the cowherd was a mere mortal. Despite their differences, they fell madly in love and started a family together. Sadly, fate intervened and they were forced to separate, with a vast river keeping them apart for the rest of their days.

10 Valentine’s Day Facts You Probably Didn’t Know

Every year, on the 7th day of the 7th lunar month in the Chinese calendar, something magical happens. The magpies, out of pure empathy, create a bridge for a couple who have been separated. This heartwarming event reunites them and allows them to spend a precious moment with their children. It is a beautiful celebration that is now known as the Magpie Festival or the Chinese Valentine’s Day. This festival has even inspired similar celebrations in Japan, Korea, and Vietnam.

8. South Koreans (Sort Of) Celebrate Romantic Holidays Every Month

South Korea takes romance to the next level by celebrating a romantic holiday on the 14th of every month. That’s right, there are 12 opportunities to express love and affection throughout the year. Let me give you a rundown of what’s celebrated each month: Candle Day, Valentine’s Day, White Day, Black Day, Rose Day, Kiss Day, Silver Day, Green Day (yes, you heard that right), Music Day, Wine Day, Movie Day, and Hug Day. It’s a constant stream of appreciation and connection for all the lovebirds out there.

Hey there! Did you know that April 14th is a special day for all the single folks out there? It’s called Black Day, and it’s a day for us singles to come together and have a great time!

So, what’s the highlight of Black Day? Well, it’s all about the delicious food! On this special day, we get to enjoy a tasty dish called Jajangmyeon. It’s a noodle dish served with a mouthwatering black bean sauce. Just thinking about it makes my stomach growl!

But wait, why is it called Black Day? Well, it’s because we’re celebrating being single, and the color black represents that. It’s a day for us to embrace our independence and have a blast with fellow singles.

So, if you’re single and looking for a fun way to celebrate, why not join us on April 14th? Let’s gather together, enjoy some delicious Jajangmyeon, and have an amazing time filled with laughter and good company. Remember, being single is something to celebrate, and Black Day is the perfect occasion to do just that!

10 Valentine’s Day Facts You Probably Didn’t Know

So, here’s the thing. Single people in China get their own special day. Yeah, you heard me right. It’s called Singles Day, and it happens on November 11th. But let me tell you, it’s not a day for feeling sorry for yourself because you don’t have a partner. No way! It’s actually a day for celebrating being single and having a good time.

Now, you might be wondering what people do on Singles Day. Well, let me fill you in. First of all, everyone wears black. They dress in black clothes, wear black accessories, and even paint their nails black. It might sound a bit gloomy, but trust me, it’s not. It’s more like a big support group where people come together to eat, talk, and have fun. It’s a chance for singles to connect with each other and share their experiences.

But here’s the twist. Even if you’re not single, you can still join in on the fun. It’s not just for singles; couples are welcome too! It’s a day for everyone to come together and celebrate. And you know what makes it even better? It’s the perfect day for some online shopping!

Yep, you heard me right again. Singles Day isn’t just about hanging out and chatting. It’s also a day for some serious shopping. It’s like China’s version of Black Friday. People sit behind their computers and shop till they drop. There are amazing deals and discounts to be had, and everyone wants a piece of the action. So, whether you’re single or taken, you can treat yourself to some great bargains on Singles Day.

10 Valentine’s Day Facts You Probably Didn’t Know

Forget about those measly Black Friday sales you’ve heard of. The scale of China’s Single’s Day blows them all out of the water. In 2012, they spent a jaw-dropping $3 billion on this day. And that number skyrocketed to $5.75 billion in just one year. But that’s not all—by 2014, China’s online shopping spree reached an astonishing $9 billion. Why bother with love when you can shop to your heart’s content from the cozy confines of your home?

10. Make a Difference This Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is typically a day for showing your loved ones how much they mean to you. But this year, why not extend that love to the entire world? V-Day is a powerful movement that aims to raise awareness and put an end to violence against women and girls. The movement originated in 1998 in New York, drawing inspiration from the influential work of Eve Ensler, the brilliant playwright and activist who penned The Vagina Monologues.