Archive for February, 2007

Valentine’s Day Facts
February 11, 2007

Rather than writting things that might deface my blog into political one, I thought of posting some of the interesting fact about upcoming Valentine’s Day. Here are some of them:

  1.  Originally, the day is based on an ancient Roman festival, Lupercalia, which was celebrated on Feb. 15 where a young man would draw the name of a young woman in a lottery and would then keep the woman as a sexual companion for the year. Later, Pope Gelasius I changed the lottery to have both young men and women draw the names of saints whom they would then emulate for the year.
  2. Popular belief that the origin of St. Valentine’s Day that Bishop Valentine performed wedding ceremonies for couples during wartime. Roman Emperor Claudius II didn’t want any marriages as he believed married men make poor soldier. He was jailed and executed, hence the day was commemorated.
  3. In order of popularity, Valentine’s Day cards are given to: teachers, children, mothers, wives, sweethearts, Koko the gorilla.
  4. The expression “wearing your heart on your sleeve” comes from a Valentine’s Day party tradition.
    Young women would write their names on slips of paper to be drawn by young men. A man would then wear a woman’s name on his sleeve to claim her as his valentine.
  5. 15% of U.S. women send themselves flowers on Valentine’s Day.
  6. The record for the most couples kissing at once is 1600.
  7. In Wales wooden love spoons were carved and given as gifts on February 14th.
    Hearts, keys and keyholes were favorite decorations on the spoons. The decoration meant, ‘You unlock my heart!’
  8. Valentine’s Day is the third most collect phone call made time. Father’s Day was the first.
  9. In Korea, there is an additional Black Day on April 14, when males who did not receive anything for Valentine’s Day gather together to eat Jajangmyun (Chinese-style noodles in black sauce).