Valentines…one of our sweetest days

With Christmas, New Year Anniversary & Waitangi holidays over, the next national holiday we get to look forward to is Valentine’s Day.

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Although it may not be a day off work, it is still a lovely reason to celebrate the ones we love.
So in its honor, let’s take a look at fun facts about Valentine’s Day…

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ITS ORIGIN

While there are many different versions of how Valentine’s Day came about, during the reign of Claudius II, 270 A.D. the emperor was against his men getting married during wartime because he believed that they were stronger and more capable of fighting when single. However, Bishop Valentine went against Claudius and married couples in secret. For this crime, he was jailed and then executed on February 14

LAST WORDS

It was thought the first written Valentine was sent in 1415 by Charles, Duke of Orleans, who passed his time while imprisoned in the Tower of London writing romantic verses to his wife.

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It is universally known that Xs are associated with kisses, but how did this notion come about? Many believe that the association started during the medieval times. People who were not able to write their names signed before a witness with an X and then kissed it to show their sincerity.

MEDIEVAL TIMES

It is said that girls during the Medieval times would eat bizarre foods on Valentine’s Day in order to make themselves dream of their future husband. In addition to that atypical tradition, young men and women would also draw names from a bowl to see who would be their Valentine.

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RED ROSES

Red roses are a national symbol for love and affection. It might be due to the fact that roses are the favorite flower of Venus, who is the Roman goddess of love. So you can only guess what type of flowers tend to sell out at the speed of light on Valentine’s Day! On any average week, Moffatt’s flower company in Christchurch (one of New Zealand’s largest producers) usually produce between 6000 and 7000 red roses. By contrast, 60,000 red roses must be ready for the week ending in Valentines Day.

CYBER VALENTINES WISHES

If you don’t get a rose tomorrow, you might very well get a text message of love with Telecom expecting more than 16 million texts to be sent by their romantic customers.
Valentine’s Day was third only to Christmas Day – 21 million text messages sent last year – and New Year’s Day -17 million texts sent this year – as the day when the most text messages were sent over the network.

VALENTINE’S DAY KISS

Back in 2011 on Valentine’s Day, 14 couples entered a competition in Thailand for the longest kiss. The rules of the competition stated that contestants couldn’t sit, sleep or separate or else they would be disqualified. Only a half-hour into the competition and one of them fainted! However the winning couple lasted for about 46 hours and 24 minutes. They earned a diamond ring, 3,200 dollars and of course the title for the longest kiss.

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CHOCOLATE HEALS

Back in the 1800s doctors commonly advised their patients to eat chocolate to get over a broken heart. They claimed that it would soothe their pain and calm their longing for their first love. It is really funny, because to this day women find comfort in chocolate whenever heartbreak comes about!

DECLARED AS A NATIONAL HOLIDAY

Valentine’s Day was not an official holiday until King Henry VII of England declared February 14th as the holiday of St. Valentine’s Day. Now places all over the world celebrate it as one of their national holidays. Let’s thank King Henry for giving us an excuse to get spoiled with chocolate and flowers!

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While Valentine’s Day might be a time for couples to celebrate their love, we also use this holiday as a way to show our friends, family and even pets how much we love them.