DO You Know?

14 February, 2019 12:00 AM printer

• The most popular theory about Valentine's Day's origin is that Emperor Claudius II didn't want Roman men to marry during wartime. Bishop Valentine went against his wishes and performed secret weddings. For this, Valentine was jailed and executed. While in jail he wrote a note to the jailor's daughter signing it ‘from your Valentine’.

• In Victorian times it was considered bad luck to sign a Valentine’s Day card.

• About 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged each year. This makes it the second largest seasonal card sending time of the year.

• If you’re single don’t despair. You can celebrate Singles Awareness Day (SAD) instead.

• In Finland Valentine’s Day is called Ystävänpäivä, which translates into “Friend’s day”. It's more about remembering your buddies than your loved ones.

• 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’.

•  In 1537, England’s King Henry VII officially declared Feb. 14 as the holiday of St. Valentine's Day.