The day often referred to as "Singles Awareness Day" is fast approaching. That's right, Valentine's Day is a week away! February 14th marks the day when everyone declares their love for each other, and the "singles" buy themselves discounted chocolates. But who says Valentine's Day has to be strictly for romantic partners? Seize the day as an opportunity to tell your friends and family you love them. Take it as a day to give your dog or cat an extra hug. No one said you have to spend the day alone. Go out with friends or go see your family. There's no need for material gifts to tell someone you love them either, so come empty handed or arms full, sometimes a hug will make someone's day.
Receive a Kiss
Give a Kiss
Give a Hug
It doesn't matter who, but tell someone you love them! It might just make their day a little brighter.
Now for some fun! Here are ten fun facts about Valentine's Day!
- About 1 billion Valentine's Day cards are given every year!
- Richard Cadbury (of Cadbury, the chocolate company) created the first box of Valentine's Day chocolates in the late 1800s.
- 15% of women send themselves flowers on Valentine's Day.
- There are enough candy hearts produced every year to reach from Valentine, Arizona, to Rome, Italy, and back again. This equates to approximately 8 BILLION candy hearts!!
- At least 9 million people get their pets a gift on Valentine's Day (so no need to be alone).
- The holiday was originally meant to celebrate Saint Valentinus who performed weddings for solideirs who were not allowed to marry at the time. His death was marked on February 14th, 273 AD, hence why we celebrate Valentine's Day on February 14th.
- There are an average of 220,000 marriage proposals on Valentine's Day.
- Many believe the X symbol became synonymous with the kiss in medieval times. People who couldn’t write their names signed in front of a witness with an X. The X was then kissed to show their sincerity.
- In the middle ages, superstition said that if you were single, you would end up marrying the first single person of the opposite sex that you met on Valentine`s Day.
- The red rose was the favorite flower of Venus, the Roman goddess of love.
I hope you have enjoyed these fun facts! And I do hope that you all have a wonderful Valentine's Day, no matter who you celebrate with or how you celebrate or whether you celebrate at all. And remember, no matter what the day, remind someone that they are loved.