According to superstition, watching the skies on Valentine’s Day can predict your future…
Superstitious single ladies can use bird watching to get an insight into who her future husband might be.
Seeing a sparrow means he will be a poor man, while a bluebird means he will be a happy man. A blackbird indicates a priest or clergyman, a robin a sailor, and a crossbill foretells that he will be an argumentative man.
Seeing a goldfinch signifies a millionaire, and a flock of doves predicts a peaceful and happy marriage.
Catching a glimpse of an owl means you will remain a spinster… apparently.
And that’s not the only animal related superstition – moving away from the bird trend, if you see a squirrel then you will marry a cheapskate who will hoard all your money…
Let’s hope it doesn’t end up that way.
Chocolate really can be healing!
In the Victorian times, doctor’s advised patients going through heartbreak to eat chocolate. They believed this would heal their heartbreak and make them feel better. It seems this piece of advice has been carried down throughout the generations, as this is still something lots of us do today!
Furthermore, it was Richard Cadbury (yes, of the Cadbury’s) that created the first Valentine’s Day box of chocolates back in 1868. He gave his beloved chocolates in a heart-shaped box, even decorating the lid with his own paintings.
The Victorians clearly loved their chocolate.
Tinder is your new best friend!
In 2015, Vanity Fair reported that those who used Tinder on Valentine’s Day that year had 60% more matches than they normally do.
Tinder CEO Sean Rad claimed this is because Valentine’s Day and New Year’s are a time when more people are thinking about and taking further interest in their love lives.
It seems everyone really is feeling the love on the 14th of February!
The number of roses you receive from one person have a deeper significance than you think.
12 roses is the most popular quantity to give, and receiving this many means ‘be mine’ or ‘I love you’, while 10 roses means ‘you are perfection’. All in all, around 50 million roses are received on Valentine’s Day each year.
The reason red roses are the most common flower of choice is because they are seen as a symbol of love and strong romantic feelings, and it has been this way for centuries. What’s more is they were also the favourite flower of Venus, the Roman goddess of love.
Also, around 15 per cent of women send themselves flowers on Valentine’s Day. Who says you need someone else to do it for you?
If you’d rather not opt for the typical rose, there are other flowers you can go for that have a similar meaning…
You might prefer to give your beloved some tulips – namely red – as these symbolise ‘perfect love’. Meanwhile, yellow and pink tulips symbolise caring and being hopelessly in love. You can always switch it up and go for one of these!
There’s actually an alternative to Valentine’s Day.
In fact, it’s the complete opposite.
What is it?
Singles Awareness Day, or ‘SAD’, also takes place on the 14th of February but instead focuses on those who are single for the day. Some participate in this out of annoyance towards Valentine’s Day, while others use it as a way of celebrating (or not) their relationship status.
Procrastination is also evident for this particular holiday…
According to a study, 64 per cent of men don’t make plans in advance for Valentine’s Day. And those roses? They’re mostly sold 2 – 3 days before the day, although this makes more sense seeing as roses don’t last very long.
As well as this, 50 per cent of Valentine’s cards are purchased at least 6 days before the actual day – it’s all very last minute for the majority!
It’s celebrated differently depending on where you live…
In Denmark it’s a relatively new holiday, but they’ve still managed to put their own Danish twist on it. Rather than exchanging roses, they give each other pressed white flowers called ‘snowdrops’. In addition, they have their own quirky tradition of men giving women a ‘gaekkebrev’, which is a ‘joking letter’ in which a funny poem is written and signed with dots. If the woman correctly guesses who sent it to her, she gets and Easter egg that year. Win win!
Meanwhile in South Africa, women might choose to pin the names of the person their interested in on their sleeves, and this is how men learn they like them.
In Finland, it’s not seen as a day of romantic love at all. In fact, the holiday is known as ‘Ystavanpaiva’, which literally translates to ‘Friend’s Day’.
Superstition also states that if you find a single lost glove on the pavement on Valentine’s Day, then your future partner will be carrying the other glove. Now all you have to do is hunt down the other person who has that glove and marry them.
And finally, back to the start…
There are two main theories about how Valentine’s Day started.
Both are from Roman times, but both are very different.
The first idea claims that Emperor Claudius II did not want any young men to marry, as he was trying to build up his army and believed that single men made better soldiers. A bishop, named Valentine, went against Claudius and performed secret wedding ceremonies for these soldiers. When the Emperor found out Valentine was sentenced to death.
But that’s not all.
Before he was executed, he wrote a note to the jailers daughter who visited him and signed it ‘from your Valentine’.
The other theory is that the day originated from ‘Lupercalia’, a Roman festival in which a man would pick the name of a woman out of an urn, who he would be paired up with and they would remain together for the duration of the festival – or longer, if they chose to get married.
Happy Valentine’s Day!