~By Ƹ̵̡ Ambrosia Kamala-Sapphire Ƹ̵ (ambrosia.kamala) ~
Despite the hearts and flowers, marriage proposals, greeting cards and an over 18.6 billion dollar industry, Valentine’s Day’s origin is more “Game of Thrones” than “Sleepless in Seattle”. Historically, Valentine’s Day was a liturgical celebration for several Christian saints named Valentinus. Legends state that Saint Valentine of Rome was imprisoned for his ministry to persecuted Christians under the Roman Empire. Before he was executed, it was told that he healed the daughter of his jailer and signed “Your Valentine” as his last farewell. Pope Gelasius I recast this pagan festival as a Christian feast day in the year 496, declaring that February 14 to be St. Valentine’s Day.
Since then, Valentine’s Day has grown into a worldwide holiday symbolizing romantic love. The holiday’s customs were developed in Early Modern England and moved across English speaking nations within the 19th century.
Here are some more interesting facts to consider:
- Valentines were first created commercially in 1848 with embossed paper lace and floral decorations. Their popularity was so vast that in 1835 60,000 Valentine cards were sent by mail and were being produced in factories.
- The U.S. Greeting Card Association estimates that 190 million valentines are sent out each year.
- 53% of women would end their relationship if they didn’t get something for Valentine’s Day.
- Average number of children conceived on Valentine’s day is 11,000.
- More than 9 Million pet owners will buy gifts for their pets.
- Valentine’s Day is the number one holiday for Florists with American consumers spending about $2.1 Billion. Average number of roses for this day is 196 Million,
- Over six million Americans are said to have planned a marriage proposal on that day.
- Valentine’s day is placed 4th in place behind Halloween, Easter and Christmas for candy purchases. However 75 percent of candy purchases are of chocolate sales on that day.
- One of the most expensive Valentine’s Day is at the 5 star Shangri-La hotel in Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi costs $400,000 including the Presidential suite, fresh flowers, gourmet chocolates, a caviar facial, private rooftop dinner featuring a 7 course french menu. Also a magician, private musician, personal shopper gifts from Dior couture and nighttime helicopter ride.
With all these facts in mind, be aware that you don’t have to break your budget to show your love. You can fix your partner a romantic candlelight meal, and even try dance lessons or write them a heartfelt poem or letter. After all, feeling wanted and needed is priceless.
Also, don’t leave out family; seniors in your family or at your local nursing home would love a visit. Take a flower or a card and make someone’s day. It doesn’t take much to bring a smile to someone’s face. Donate to a charity to commemorate a special loved ones’ memory.
Singles can share in this holiday as well. Go attend a special event. Now many Bars and Clubs have parties dedicated for singles. Throw your own party! Invite your own single friends, check out some ROM-COMS while sipping on your favorite pink cocktails and cupcakes. Share your best and funniest dating experiences.
Just by yourself this year? Celebrate YOU! Go out to a movie or treat yourself to a special dinner, maybe a new recipe. Throw on your favorite music, grab that novel you have been dying to read and relax. A new bouquet on your table will brighten up the atmosphere.
Even though Valentine’s Day spotlight is on those in relationships, don’t get caught up in the hype. Telling someone that you care and showing them on a daily basis is a perpetual Valentine’s Day. No amount of store bought gifts or commercialism can replace a warm hug or kiss.
So, will you be my Valentine? 🙂
Submitted to nuvibezm, and published in its January/February 2016 issue
Copyright © 2016 [Ambrosia Kamala]. All Rights Reserved
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