Top 10 Valentine’s Day facts

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Valentine’s day is a day to express your feeling for that someone special through flowers, cards, chocolates, or home made gifts. But have you ever wonder why we celebrate Valentine’s Day? And how did Cupid get caught up in it?  Well AAW brings an answer to all such queries and many other interesting facts about this romantic day.

  1. 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.
  2. In the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names from a bowl to see who would be their Valentine. They would wear this name pinned onto their sleeves for one week for everyone to see. This was the origin of the expression “to wear your heart on your sleeve.”
  3. Richard Cadbury produced the first box of chocolates for Valentine’s Day in the late 1800s.
  4. 73 percent of people who buy flowers for Valentine’s Day are men, while only 27 percent are women.
  5. Red roses are considered the flower of love because the color red stands for strong romantic feelings.
  6. In the 1800s doctors commonly advised their heartbroken patients to eat chocolate, claiming it would sooth their pain.
  7. The Italian city of Verona, where Shakespeare’s lovers Romeo and Juliet lived, receives about 1,000 letters addressed to Juliet every Valentine’s Day.
  8. In Medieval times, girls ate unusual foods on St Valentine’s Day to make them dream of their future husband.
  9. In some countries, a gentleman may give a woman a gift of cloth. If she keeps the cloth, this means she is accepting his proposal of marriage.
  10. On Valentine’s Day, 1876, Alexander Graham Bell applied for a patent, the telephone.