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SOME INTERESTING VALENTINE’S DAY FACTS

  • William Shakespeare’s most famous romanceRomeo and Juliet has captured hearts for decades – so much so that Juliet still receives love letters on Valentine’s Day! Every year, the city of Verona in Italy (where the play was set) receives around 1,000 letters addressed to Juliet. Not bad for someone who’s been dead for hundreds of years.
  • A kiss on Valentine’s Day is considered to bring good luck all year.
  • Richard Cadbury produced the first box of chocolates for Valentine’s Day in the late 1800s.
  • Madame Royale, daughter of Henry the IV of France, loved Valentine’s Day so much that she named her palace “The Valentine.”
  • The first recorded Valentine was sent February 1415 by the English duke of Orleans. He sent of love letter to his wife from his jail cell in the Tower of London after the Battle of Agincourt. It is currently on display in the British Museum.
  • In some countries, mid-February marks the beginning of mating season for many birds. Even the great Shakespeare wrote in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, “Saint Valentine is past: Begin these wood-birds but to couple now?” Among the most faithful of birds, swans choose a mate and stay with them for life.
  • Giving roses is one way to express your love, but not all colors send the same message. A red rose symbolizes passion; white, the purity and sincerity of your feelings; yellow, friendship; orange, carnal desire; and pink, loyalty and sweetness.
  • The saying “wearing your heart on your sleeve” is from the Middle Ages. Boys at this time would draw names of girls to see who would be their “Valentine” and then wear the name pinned on their sleeve for a week.[1]
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