Happy Valentine’s Day
I prefer the Day After Valentine’s Day when the candy is 1/2 off!
The History Of Valentine’s Day
Valentine’s day isn’t all about roses, candy, and expensive dinners.
It has a historical background too.
Contrary to what some may believe, Valentine’s Day wasn’t created by greetings card companies just to sell cards and candies.
It’s actually a church sanctioned holiday, as Pope Gelasius deemed February 14 St. Valentine’s Day near 498 A.D.
From The Huffington Post
Valentine’s Day History, Symbols, Folklore & Phobias
The colors of Valentine’s Day are
Pink, Red and White for most cards and decorations, but is also on other Valentine commerical items like clothing, stuffed animals, candles, etc.
Red symbolizes warmth and feeling. It is 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 people have for each other.)
And so Pink (combination of Red + White) is then a symbol as I understand if of innocents or virginity in some cases.
Hearts and Arrows
A heart (red or pink) with an arrow piercing through it is the most common shape and look for a Valentines, and even candles, candies, cookies, cakes, figurines, stuffed images, etc. The heart is a symbol both 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.
Flowers were considered love tokens before there even was a St. Valentines. The Roman God, Bacchus (God of Wine and Joy) and Venus (Goddes of Love and Beauty) both considered the beauty and fragrance of flowers to be tied with romance and love. But since the time of Solomon, the primary flower linked to romance was always the rose. Cleopatra of Egypt covered the floor with roses before receiving Mark Anthony.
Believe it or not, chocolate contains the same chemical mentioned above called phenylethylamine or phenylaline that is produced in our brains when falling in love, and that gives the same emotional high related to amphetamines. Many psychologist feel that chocolate is an instant “love booster” and an automatic sweet taste in our mouths. And with some people, both chocolate and love can be addictive. Anyway, the idea of giving chocolate to someone we care about is a way to stir up the same emotions in them (only artificially if they don’t really feel the same way emotionally back) as well.
Valentine’s Day Expense
According to the CBS Morning News (2/10/13), only 59.8% will celebrate Valentines Day this year spending an average of $130.97.
And, how will they do it? $18.6 will be spent on cards and gifts. With $10 billion spent for someone close. $3 billion spent on friends and other acquaintances. And, $5.6 billion on pets!
51% buy cards
36.6% buy flowers
19.7% buy jewelry
(Note: This doesn’t count for those who get 2 or all 3 of the above also.)
Where do most of us shop for our Valentine’s Day items?
39.6% will shop at a discount store
26.3 % will shop on-line
How ever you celebrate, i hope you
enjoy the day!