Valentine's Facts of the Day Redux  

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Valentine's Facts of the Day Redux

26-The type of flowers sent or decorating a card adds further meaning to a Valentine card and has come to be known as 'The Language of Flowers'. Some of the most well known Valentine flowers to be used to decorate the cards are highlighted below with an idea of the specific symbolism behind their inclusion, not all of which indicate love blossoming but also love on the wain:
Almond Blossom As a symbol of hope, sweetness,
delicacy.
Anenome As a symbol of withered hopes, a dying
love.
Forget-me-not As a symbol of true love
Lily As a symbol of purity (white), gaiety or
falsehood (yellow).
Periwinkle As a symbol of early friendship
(blue), happy memories (white).
Poppy As a symbol of fantastic extravagance
(scarlet), consolation (red). If the
love is faithful placing a petal in the
palm of the hand and hitting it with a
fist should produce a popping sound.
Rose As a symbol of love, pure and lovely (red
rose buds), jealousy (yellow). This
flower is dedicated to love.
Snowdrop As a symbol of hope, consolation. The
flower is thought mythologically to
have been a snowflake which was
transformed to comfort Adam and Eve
after they had been expelled from the
Garden of Eden.
Sunflower As a symbol of the sun, and also
haughtiness.
Tulip As a symbol of powerful love being
declared (red), hopeless love (yellow).
The heart burning symbolically like a
flame.

27- From time immemorial, beloveds have been compared to roses. If we juggle the letters of the word ROSE we get EROS, who is the God of Love. Rose has thus been the traditional choice of lovers around the world. The color red is associated with strong emotions and below are listed sentiments expressed by diefferent hues of rose:
• Lavender–Enchantment and Uniqueness
• Orange–Fascination
• Pink(Dark)–Thankfulness, Friendship, and Admiration
• Red–Love, Respect, and Courage
• Peach–Modesty, Gratitiude, Admiration, and Sympathy
• Pink (Pale)–Grace, Joy, and Happiness
• Deep Red–Beauty and Passion
• White–Innocence, Purity, Secrecy, Silence, Reverence, Humility and (according to some sources) True Love
• Yellow–Joy, Friendship, Jealousy, Hope and Freedome
• Black–Farewell
• Red/White–Unity or Engagement
• Yellow/Orange–Passionate Thoughts
• Yellow/Red–Congratulations
• Rosebud–Beauty, Youth, and a Heart Innocent of Love
• Red Rosebud–Purity and Loveliness
• White Rosebud–Girlhood
• One Dozen Red Roses–“I love you”
• Single Red Rose in Full Bloom–“I love you”
• Tea Roses–“I’ll remember always”

28-California produces 60 percent of American roses, but the vast number sold on Valentine's Day in the United States are imported, mostly from South America. Approximately 110 million roses, the majority red, will be sold and delivered within a three-day time period.

29-In America and also in England (UK) it is traditionally believed that a young girl is able to tell what sort of man she will marry by the first bird she sees on this day. Each bird has an association with a profession or type of character but yellow birds in general are thought to be extremely lucky if seen in flight or perched nearby on this day. The following mystical birds are traditionally identified with St. Valentine's Day :
Blackbird Clergyman or priest, spiritual
Robin Redbreast Sailor, nautical
Goldfinch (any yellow bird) A rich man
Sparrow Farmer, agricultural, of the
country
Bluebird A happy man
Crossbill An argumentative man
Dove A good man
Woodpecker !!! No husband

30-It is said that if a young girl sees a hen and a cockerel together at the same time on this day, it indicates that she will marry the next year. The number of animals seen at the same time will indicate how many months will pass before this happens.

31-Dove superstitions are that they were magical and were often used to divine the future, The heart of a dove was often an ingredient in love potions. If you saw a white dove fly overhead it was supposed to be good luck. If you dreamt of a dove, it was a sign that you had a promise of happiness. And if you saw the first dove in Springtime, made a whish, that wish would come true.

32-Over the years, love birds have changed from Doves to hummingbirds to birds of paradise. Today, love birds depicted on Valentines are tiny parrots brilliant in color; they often act like young lovers also.

33-Esther Howland, the woman who produced the first commercial American valentines in the 1840s, sold a then mind-boggling $5,000 in cards during her first year of business.

34-Today, over 1 billion valentine cards are sent in this country each year -- second in number only to Christmas cards, according to the Greeting Card Association.

35-Experts say parents are the most popular recipients of seasonal cards, receiving about one out every five. Teachers, children, wives and sweethearts are also at the top of the list.

36-Around 85 percent of all valentines are purchased by women

37-In addition to cards, there are millions of boxes of chocolates and bouquets of roses purchased (mostly by men) for the February 14 holiday.

38-About 3% of pet owners will give Valentine's Day gifts to their pets.

39-Walter Crane and Kate Greenaway were famous children’s book illustrators of their time. At the age of 22, Kate sold her first Valentine design for $15. Within weeks, over 25,000 copies were sold. For a few years after, she kept designing Valentines, but was never paid a penny more. Today, Kate Greenaway Valentine’s are considered collectable items, as well as those deigned by Walter Crane.

40-It's not difficult to figure out the connection between the heart and Valentine's Day. The heart, after all, was thought in ancient times to be the source of all emotions. It later came to be associated only with the emotion of love.


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