Valentine’s Day the good and the bad
With Valentine’s Day coming up it is only appropriate to write about its bloody origins to its sweet, chocolaty modern day traditions.
With around 220,000 wedding proposals on Valentine’s Day, it is a great day for the Alfresco wedding calendar! The most memorable working occasion on Valentine’s Day was the left behind STD results from the couple sitting at the table. Red is the colour for Valentine’s as it stands for strong
romantic feelings, so basically it means ‘roses are red, will you get into bed with me?’
Why is Valentine’s Day a worldwide phenomenon? It is suggested 1 billion Valentine’s Day card are exchanged, over 35 million heart-shaped- chocolate boxes, with over a billion pounds spent on chocolate and flowers alone. Records show that over 50 percent of all Valentine’s Day cards are purchased in the six days prior to the holiday, making Valentine’s Day a procrastinator’s delight. Surprising considering shops are promoting it from 26th December!!!
Women purchase approximately 85 percent of all Valentine’s Day gifts, which of course will not surprise the ladies!! Apparently, 3 percent of pet owners will give presents to their pets!
It is thought that Valentine’s Day originates from Emperor Claudius II who didn’t want Roman men to marry during wartime. Bishop Valentine went against his wishes and performed secret weddings. For this, Valentine was jailed and executed. While in jail he wrote a note to the jailor’s daughter signing it “from your Valentine”.
Then, in Victorian times it was considered bad luck to sign a Valentine’s Day card. If you who believe the X symbol shows a kiss, it evolved from medieval times when people who couldn’t write their names signed in front of a witness with an X. Maybe think twice before putting an X in your card!!!! In 1537, England’s King Henry VII officially declared Feb. 14 the holiday of St. Valentine’s Day.
Physicians of the 1800s commonly advised their patients to eat chocolate to calm their pining for lost love but nowadays, scientists ascribe the aphrodisiac qualities of chocolate and that combined with the romantic colour of red, is a recipe for more positive STD results!
What should you do on Valentine’s Day if you are single? You could take yourself out to a romantic dinner, sit at a table next to a happy couple and cry. Would it be that bad? Could it be really satisfying to sit amongst struggling couples who haven’t been out for a nice meal together since the last Valentine’s Day? You could celebrate Singles Awareness Day (SAD) instead, or maybe Alfresco should implement historical celebrations. In the Middles Ages, young men and women drew names from a bowl to see who would be their Valentine. They would wear this name pinned onto their sleeves for one week for everyone to see. This was the origin of the expression “to wear your heart on your sleeve.”
If you are single, enjoy a tall, handsome bottle of wine with a nice chicken dish. The reality of it is that chicken is better than the chick because chicken died for you, that is true love. Food and wine will never judge you, it will never answer back and there are no T&Cs in your relationship with food (unless you signed up to Weight Watchers). Be reassured that your evening will be better than the majority of married couples!
Every Valentine’s Day, the Italian city of Verona, where Shakespeare’s lovers Romeo and Juliet lived, receives about 1,000 letters addressed to Juliet. If you are called Juliet you are going to feel very loved!
Happy Valentine’s Day!
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