6 Interesting Valentine’s Day Facts from Around the World

Date:09-02-2014 11:40:20 read:2

Valentine’s Day known as Saint Valentine’s Day or the feast of Saint Valentine is celebrated across the world on the 14th of February every year. Although it is celebrated all over the world, it is not treated as a holiday and people go to work like it is any other normal working day. Most people celebrate the day by giving flowers, chocolates, exchanging cards and love notes. People also celebrate their love for each other by professing their undying love for the other person. A new tradition is to come up with new colors for every year, although this is restricted to only a few countries. The best thing about Valentine’s Day is that it is not only the romantic love between two lovers that is celebrated but the love between parents and their kids and also between siblings. Here are some interesting facts about Valentine’s Day from around the world.

1. It is the most celebrated holiday

After New Years it is probably the most celebrated holiday across the world as it is not religious. It also holds the record for being one of the days in which most number of cards are sold across the world. The only other occasion which sells more cards is Christmas Day.

2. Valentine’s Symbol

The most predominant symbols of Valentine’s Day are the red colored heart, white doves and a winged cupid. Cupid the winged god of love, while the heart was long believed to be the organ which was responsible for causing love. You can see most of these symbols on all of the cards. Although the cards were originally hand written, it did not prove to be viable as the day became more famous. Handwritten cards have now been taken over by technology and cards are mass produced these days.

3. Australian men buy more cards than women

In breaking with common belief that women are more romantic and buy more cards, In Australia it is the men who are found to buy more cards than the women.

4. Flying robin and sparrows- the beliefs associated with birds on Valentine’s Day

It was once believed by people that if a woman saw a flying robin on Valentine’s Day, she would end up marrying a sailor. If she saw a sparrow, she would marry a poor man but be happy. If it was a goldfinch that she saw, she would end up marrying a very rich guy.

5. It is celebrated as ‘Friend’s Day’ in Finland and Estonia

While Finland and Estonia celebrate it as ‘Friend’s Day, Latvians and Lithuanians mark Valentine’s Day by pasting tickers on friend’s clothing and stickers.

6. It is even banned in some countries

Some countries have also banned celebrations during Valentine’s Day claiming it to be a bad moral influence on the youth.

No matter how it is being celebrated around the world, no one can dispute the fact that it is a wonderful day to express your love to your beloveds.

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