Valentine's Facts of the Day Completed  

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Valentine's Facts of the Day Completed

41-It's not clear when the valentine heart shape became the symbol for the heart. Some scholars speculate that the heart symbol as we use it to signify romance or love came from early attempts by people to draw an organ they'd never seen.

42-The heart is a symbol of love and also vulnerability. When you send someone a Valentine, you take a risk of being rejected and your feelings hurt. So a piercing arrow is a symbol of death and the vulnerability of love. On the other hand, the heart and arrow also symbolize the merging of the male and female as one.

43-Today, the American Heart Association in the US has a “Save a Sweet Heart” anti-smoking campaign during Valentine’s Week to help educate school kids against smoking.

44- here are couple other valentine symbols and their origins:
Red roses were said to be the favorite flower of Venus, the Roman goddess of love. Also, red is a color that signifies strong feelings.
• Lace has long been used to make women's handkerchiefs. Hundreds of years ago, if a woman dropped her handkerchief, a man might pick it up for her. Sometimes, if she had her eye on the right man, a woman might intentionally drop her handkerchief to encourage him. So, people began to think of romance when they thought of lace.
• Love knots have series of winding and interlacing loops with no beginning and no end. A symbol of everlasting love, love knots were made from ribbon or drawn on paper.
• Lovebirds, colorful birds found in Africa, are so named because they sit closely together in pairs -- like sweethearts do. Doves are symbols of loyalty and love, because they mate for life and share the care of their babies.

45-Red, White, and Pink are typically the colors associated with Valentine’s Day. Red symbolizes warmth and feeling; it is also associated with the color of the human heart. White is a symbol of purity; in some cases also of Faith and so it means the faith of the love two ppl have for each other. And so Pink is then a symbol of innocents or virginity in some cases.

46-Cupid, another symbol of Valentines Day, became associated with it because he was the son of Venus, the Roman god of love and beauty. . In ancient Greece he was known as Eros, the young son of Aphrodite. Cupid was a a mischievous, winged child, whose arrows would pierce the hearts of his victims causing them to fall deeply in love.

47-Cupid originally was shown as a young man with a bow and arrows. However, the Victorian era wanted to make Valentine’s Day more proper for women and children. So they changed the Roman Adonis and made him more of a chubby baby. In other words, it’s all on how you want to spin the story from a PG-rating to an R-rating!

48- The love and attraction that a man and a lady feels for one another is traditionally ascribed to the mythological god,Cupid.In Latin, the word Cupid means "desire."
- 2.2 million marriages take place in the United States annually. That breaks down to about 6,000 a day.
- 138,600 marriages were performed in Nevada during 2003. So many couples "tie the knot" in the Silver State that it ranked fourth nationally in marriages, even though its total population that year was 35th.
- 25.3 and 27.1 are the estimated U.S. median ages at first marriage for women and men, respectively, in 2003. The age for women is up 4.3 years in the last three decades. The age for men is up 3.9 years.
- The proportion of women 20 to 24 years old who had never married more than doubled between 1970 and 2003 – from 36 percent to 75 percent. Changes were also dramatic for men – the corresponding rate for men in this age group increased from 55 percent to 86 percent.
- 54% and 57% are the percentages of American women and men, respectively, who are 15 and over and currently married.
- There were 4.6 million cohabitating couples who maintained households in 2003. These couples comprised 4.2 percent of all households, up from 2.9 percent in 1996.
- There are 118 single men (i.e., never married, widowed or divorced) who are in their 20s for every 100 single women of the same ages.
- There are 33 single men (i.e., never married, widowed or divorced) age 65 and over for every 100 single women of the same ages.
- 24.6 pounds of candy per capita was consumed by Americans in 2003; it is believed a large portion is consumed around Valentine’s Day. Candy consumption has actually declined over the last few years; in 1997, each American gobbled more than 27 pounds of candy a year.
- The combined wholesale value of domestically produced cut roses in 2003 was $52 million for all operations in 36 states, with $100,000 or more in sales. Among all types of cut flowers, roses were second in receipts to lilies ($70 million.
- There were 28,914 jewelry stores in the United States in 2002. In February 2004, these stores sold $2.4 billion worth of merchandise – a much higher total than in the preceding month or succeeding months.

50- A love seat is a wide chair. It was first made to seat one woman and her wide dress. Later, the love seat or courting seat had two sections, often in an S-shape. In this way, a couple could sit together -- but not too closely!

51-The beautiful lace paper used for Victorian valentines was achieved by the processes of gilding or silvering, cutting-out, perforating, embossing, and otherwise treating paper in imitation of lace-work or embroidery”.

52- In some countries, a young woman may receive a gift of clothing from a young man. If she keeps the gift, it means she will marry him

53- Some people used to believe that if a woman saw a robin flying overhead on Valentine's Day, it meant she would marry a sailor. If she saw a sparrow, she would marry a poor man and be very happy. If she saw a goldfinch, she would marry a millionaire.

54- Proverbs about Love, Romance, and Valentines

• A man in love schemes more than a hundred lawyers. - Spain
• We always return to our first loves.
- America
• The eyes have one language everywhere.
- Romania
• An old man in love is like a flower in winter. - Chinese proverb
• Loving a woman who scorns you is like licking honey from a thorn. - Welsh proverb
• A man in love mistakes a harelip for a dimple. - Japanese proverb
• Love lives in cottages as well as in court. - English proverb
• There is no love like the first love.
- Italian proverb
• For news of the heart ask the face.
- Cambodian proverb
• A life without love is like a year without summer. - Swedish proverb
• Tell me whom you love, and I'll tell you who you are. - African-American proverb
• Married couples who love each other tell each other a thousand things without talking.
- Portuguese proverb
• He who finds not love finds nothing.
- Chilean proverb
• "Try to reason about love and you will lose your reason." - French Proverb
• "It is overdoing the thing to die of love." - French Proverb
• Love and a cough cannot be hid. - Latin Proverb
• All is fair in love and war.- Proverb 17th century
• Love makes the world go round. - Proverb 17th century
• Love is blind. - Proverb 14th century
• The heart that loves is always young.
- Greek Proverb
• A man is not where he lives, but where he loves. - Latin Proverb
• Who travels for love finds a thousand miles not longer than one. - Japanese Proverb
• Love makes the time pass. Time makes love pass. - French Proverb

55- Say “I Love You” in many different languages
Afrikaans - Ek het jou lief
Albanian - Te dua
Arabic - Ana behibak (to male)
Arabic - Ana behibek (to female)
Armenian - Yes kez sirumen
Bambara - M'bi fe
Bangla - Aamee tuma ke bhalo baashi
Belarusian - Ya tabe kahayu
Bisaya - Nahigugma ako kanimo
Bulgarian - Obicham te
Cambodian - Bung Srorlagn Oun (to female)
Oun Srorlagn Bung (to male)
Cantonese Chinese - Ngo oiy ney a
Catalan - T'estimo
Cheyenne - Ne mohotatse
Chichewa - Ndimakukonda
Corsican - Ti tengu caru (to male)
Creol - Mi aime jou
Croatian - Volim te
Czech - Miluji te
Danish - Jeg Elsker Dig
Dutch - Ik hou van jou
English - I love you
Esperanto - Mi amas vin
Estonian - Ma armastan sind
Ethiopian - Ewedishalehu : male/female to female
Ewedihalehu: male/female to male.
Faroese - Eg elski teg
Farsi - Doset daram
Filipino - Mahal kita
Finnish - Mina rakastan sinua
French - Je t'aime, Je t'adore
Gaelic - Ta gra agam ort
Georgian - Mikvarhar
German - Ich liebe dich
Greek - S'agapo
Gujarati - Hu tumney prem karu chu
Hiligaynon - Palangga ko ikaw
Hawaiian - Aloha wau ia oi
Hebrew - Ani ohev otah (to female)
Hebrew - Ani ohev et otha (to male)
Hiligaynon - Guina higugma ko ikaw
Hindi - Hum Tumhe Pyar Karte hae
Hmong - Kuv hlub koj
Hopi - Nu' umi unangwa'ta
Hungarian - Szeretlek
Icelandic - Eg elska tig
Ilonggo - Palangga ko ikaw
Indonesian - Saya cinta padamu
Inuit - Negligevapse
Irish - Taim i' ngra leat
Italian - Ti amo
Japanese - Aishiteru
Kannada - Naa ninna preetisuve
Kapampangan - Kaluguran daka
Kiswahili - Nakupenda
Konkani - Tu magel moga cho
Korean - Sarang Heyo
Latin - Te amo
Latvian - Es tevi miilu
Lebanese - Bahibak
Lithuanian - Tave myliu
Malay - Saya cintakan mu / Aku cinta padamu
Malayalam - Njan Ninne Premikunnu
Mandarin Chinese - Wo ai ni
Marathi - Me tula prem karto
Mohawk - Kanbhik
Moroccan - Ana moajaba bik
Nahuatl - Ni mits neki
Navaho - Ayor anosh'ni
Norwegian - Jeg Elsker Deg
Pandacan - Syota na kita!!
Pangasinan - Inaru Taka
Papiamento - Mi ta stimabo
Persian - Doo-set daaram
Pig Latin - Iay ovlay ouyay
Polish - Kocham Cie
Portuguese - Eu te amo
Romanian - Te ubesk
Roman Numerals - 333
Russian - Ya tebya liubliu
Scot Gaelic - Tha gra\dh agam ort
Serbian - Volim te
Setswana - Ke a go rata
Sign Language - ,\,,/ (represents position of fingers when signing 'I Love You'
Sindhi - Maa tokhe pyar kendo ahyan
Sioux - Techihhila
Slovak - Lu`bim ta
Slovenian - Ljubim te
Spanish - Te quiero / Te amo
Swahili - Ninapenda wewe
Swedish - Jag alskar dig
Swiss-German - Ich lieb Di
Tagalog - Mahal kita
Taiwanese - Wa ga ei li
Tahitian - Ua Here Vau Ia Oe
Tamil - Naan unnai kathalikiraen
Telugu - Nenu ninnu premistunnanu
Thai - Chan rak khun (to male)
Thai - Phom rak khun (to female)
Turkish - Seni Seviyorum
Ukrainian - Ya tebe kahayu
Urdu - mai aap say pyaar karta hoo
Vietnamese - Anh ye^u em (to female)
Vietnamese - Em ye^u anh (to male)
Welsh - 'Rwy'n dy garu
Yiddish - Ikh hob dikh
Yoruba - Mo ni fe


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