Valentine's Day... What are we really celebrating?

Valentine's day is celebrated by many people around the world on the 14th of February. Many buy chocolates, flowers and teddy bears for their significant other. In Australia, we see an increased amount of heart-decorated, pink/red merchandise in our shops. But where did Valentine's day come from? Is it another Hallmark-created holiday? What are we celebrating, really?

Here's a video that covers some interesting facts about Valentine's Day:

  1. Over 1 billion Valentines are sent all over the world every year.

  2. Teachers receive the most Valentines each year.

  3. Valentine's day is mainly celebrated in USA, UK, France, Canada, Mexico, Italy, Denmark and Australia.

  4. It's a big holiday for sweets

  5. Over 1 million boxes of chocolate are given each year for Valentine's Day

  6. Richard Cadbury was the first person to make chocolates for Valentine's Day in the 1800s.

  7. It's believed Valentine's day began in Rome in 270AD when Emperor Claudius II was in charge & made weddings against the law. Bishop Valentine said to have secretly married couples around this time. He was caught & sent to jail where he later sent love letters to the jailer's daughter and finished his letters with "your Valentine". On February 14th he was killed for standing up for what we believe in.

Some may think that Valentine's Day is reserved only for romantic love between partners. They may celebrate with a romantic dinner, roses, chocolates, etc. Others celebrate a combination of love, friendship and/or admiration and show this by sending messages of love to partners, family and friends. Some go all-out - buying expensive gifts and going to the most fancy & romantic restaurant there is.

Personally, on Valentine's day I celebrate all types of love. Be it romantic, friendship, family, etc. I make it a point to feel grateful that I can love and that I am loved. My husband and I are not the extravagant type, so each year we try to do something a little special. It usually involves a box of chocolates from the supermarket and a movie at home. We also make it a point to wish each other Happy Valentine's Day and although we never explicitly say it (in true stereotypical Asian style), we both know how grateful we are to have each other.

What do you celebrate on Valentine's Day?
How do you celebrate it?

Valentine's Day... What are we really celebrating?

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