Valentine's Day Fun Facts Here is the most enjoyable and unbelievable collection of Valentine's Day Fun Facts. Share these fun facts with your friends to amaze them this Valentine Day. • • • • • • • • • • • • About 1 billion Valentine's Day cards are exchanged in US each year. That's the largest seasonal card-sending occasion of the year, next to Christmas. Women purchase 85% of all valentines. In order of popularity, Valentine's Day cards are given to teachers, children, mothers, wives, sweethearts and pets. Parents receive 1 out of every 5 valentines. About 3% of pet owners will give Valentine's Day gifts to their pets. Valentine's Day and Mother's Day are the biggest holidays for giving flowers. Worldwide, over 50 million roses are given for Valentine's Day each year. 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. 73% of people who buy flowers for Valentine's Day are men, while only 27 percent are women. Men buy most of the millions of boxes of candy and bouquets of flowers given on Valentine's Day. In the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names from a bowl to see who their valentines would be. They would wear these names on their sleeves for one week. To wear your heart on your sleeve now means that it is easy for other people to know how you are feeling. The Italian city of Verona, where Shakespeare's lovers Romeo and Juliet lived, receives about 1,000 letters addressed to Juliet every Valentine's Day. • • • • • • • Richard Cadbury invented the first Valentines Day candy box in the late 1800s. Alexander Graham Bell applied for his patent on the telephone, an "Improvement in Telegraphy", on Valentine's Day, 1876. The oldest surviving love poem till date is written in a clay tablet from the times of the Sumerians, inventors of writing, around 3500 B.C Amongst the earliest Valentine's Day gifts were candies. The most common were chocolates in heart shaped boxes. In some countries, a young woman may receive a gift of clothing from a prospective suitor. If the gift is kept, then it means she has accepted his proposal of marriage If an individual thinks of five or six names considered to be suitable marriage partners and twists the stem of an apple while the names are being recited, then it is believed the eventual spouse will be the one whose name was recited at the moment the stem broke. In Medieval times, girls ate unusual foods on St Valentine's Day to make them dream of their future husband. Valentine's Day Ideas for Singles Pamper yourself Buy yourself cute Valentine's Day gifts which could be flowers, a cute teddy or a dress you have been planning to buy since long. Singles may also indulge themselves by going in for spa or head to toe beauty treatment. Indulging in books, CDs, and gourmet meals can be a good way of enjoying the day for some. Freak out with friends Plan out a dinner or movie with best friends. You may also throw a “singles party” or “Un-Valentine's Day Party” at your home and have a blast. You will know that life is fun in the company of loving friends. Acts of Service Singles can spend Valentine's Day in the meaningful way by spending time with the needy and downtrodden. You may visit an orphanage or old age home and spend time with the inmates there who are always in need of love and affection. Visiting hospitals and giving roses to sick can also be a touching way of experiencing bliss on Valentine's Day. Express Gratitude for friends and dear ones Instead of feeling depressed and ashamed for not having a significant other to spend the day, singles can spend Valentine's Day in a constructive manner by expressing love and affection for people around them. One can thank and greet Valentine's Day to one's parents, friends, colleagues, neighbors or anyone dear. Think Positive Singles can make the most of Valentine's Day by thinking positive and fighting away Valentine's Day blues. One should not spend the day sulking for not having a spouse or beloved to spend the day in a happy manner. Focus on Relationship Plan Singles can focus on their relationship plan on Valentine's Day and prepare themselves for healthy and lasting relationships. One can take help of dating and matrimonial sites to find a partner. Also make a list of what you can do to improve your personality. It could be developing a more healthy and positive approach towards life or working towards one's diet, health and physical appearance. Take steps you think are vital to improve your chances for relationship. Make some resolutions for yourself and stick to them. Few Tips to be a Romantic Couple Being romantic is not so easy, as it appears to be. But romance is extremely important to live a happy life today, tomorrow and forever. Hence, we are listing below some of the tips that must be known for being the most romantic couple : • • • • • • • • • • • Float a love note in a bottle in the bathtub. Send him/her a lottery ticket with a note on it : "I hit the jackpot when I found you." Ask him to pick a number between 1 and 50, then reward him with that number of kisses. Rent a houseboat for a mini-vacation. Plan out a date every weekend. Dancing under the dim lights at your house is pretty romantic. Before getting out of bed, face your partner, give him/her a kiss and say: "I'm so thankful I have you in my life." Share the importance of relation with each other. Appreciate yourself and your partner for carrying such a beautiful relation. Try and speak your partner's love language as it would make easier for you to create a perfect romantic aura with him or her. A romantic couple would never shy to hold hands in public. Show that you love and care for your Valentine even when he/she is not by your side. Send him/her flowers, emails, SMSes and if your partner is not busy then keep on giving him/her a call. Valentine's Day Celebrations Beyond Lovers In some countries including Canada and US several schools organize classroom get together on Valentine's Day where children gift cards to their friends. Skits and concerts are also organized by children to mark the day. Senior children usually organize Valentine's Day dance parties where they freak out with their friends. In some families children are encouraged to show love and affection to siblings and other family members on Valentine's Day. People say ‘I love you' to family members with flowers and other gifts. Such rituals help to generate positive feelings for each other and create happiness in family. Singles who feel depressed on Valentine's Day for not having a partner to celebrate the romantic festival in much popularized manner must strive to make the most of the occasion by celebrating the day with friends or family members. They can express gratitude and affection to friends, colleagues and dear ones for their wonderful presence and support. Organizing single's party and inviting other friends who are single can be another great way of celebrating Valentine's Day beyond lovers. Some people also like to celebrate Valentine's Day in a constructive manner by performing acts of charity. One can visit orphanage, old age home and hospitals and spend time with those who crave for attention and affection. Feng Shui Love Guide Here are some widely believed Feng Shui tips to activate romance in your sluggish relationship: • • • • • Don't sleep facing the door as it is supposed to cause problems in the relationships. The most important of the house is the south-west section to improve marital and love relationships. Decorate this area with stones or small rocks. You can also hang some beautiful pictures of a mountain with water features on it. Those who are single and looking for someone special then they must hang a painting of peonies (Chinese flower of love). The best can be to display items or images that represent opposite sex. A room should always be free from all the cluttered things as it gives more way to positive energies. So, fold your sleeves to clean the room and bring romance in your life. • • • • • • • • • • Avoid working out in your bedroom as it represents hard work which can easily hinder your romance space. Your bedroom doors should always open easily because squeaky or partly opened doors block the romantic energy entering the room. All the obstructing material in the path to the room should be cleared out. Also, make sure no fused lights along this route are replaced. Hang out pictures indicating love like pair of birds, silk flowers etc or a round mirror. These hangings depict an unwinding love and trust for each other. Place these image on the wall facing your feet or the wall which you first see while entering the room. Place the bed in a position so that there is equal space around it as the person sleeping against the wall may feel disempowered in their love relationship. Don't keep a television in the room. A room should have a cozy and close seating arrangement. Chairs or sofas must be put at comfortable angles. The room should be properly ventilated so that all old energy gets enough space to move out of the room. If a toilet is located on the south-west corner of the room then it is will surely hinder your love life. The best way is to hang a five-rod wind chime to get rid off this problem. Place an indoor water fountain in the south-west corner of the house. It will surely encourage the relationship. Valentine's Day Superstitions It is said that the kind of bird a girl watches on Valentine's Day predicts her future husband. For instance: Sparrow: a poor man Owl: remain spinster Bluebird: a happy man Blackbird: a priest or clergyman Crossbill: an argumentative man • • • • • • • • If an apple is cut in half, the number of seeds found inside the fruit will indicate the number of children that individual will have. To be awoken by a kiss on Valentine's Day is considered lucky. On Valentine's Day, the first guy's name you read in the paper or hear on the TV or radio will be the name of the man you will marry. If you see a squirrel on Valentine's Day, you will marry a cheapskate who will hoard all your money. If you see a goldfinch on Valentine's Day, you will marry a millionaire. If you see a robin on Valentine's Day, you will marry a crime fighter - maybe they mean Batman! If you see a flock of doves on Valentine's Day, you will have a happy, peaceful marriage. If you find a glove on the road on Valentine's Day, your future beloved will have the other missing glove.