Lit­tle Valen­tine’s Day facts that you prob­a­bly don’t know

Sun.Star Pampanga - - OPINION -

Fi­nally, “Ba­len­tayms” (Valen­tine’s Day) is just a day away. But all we know is that— be­sides the fact that it was named af­ter a cer­tain catholic saint— this day serves as a spe­cial time to cel­e­brate ro­man­tic love, friend­ship and ad­mi­ra­tion.

Hence, I’m so chuffed to share the list of my fa­vorite Valen­tine’s day facts of all time.

1. On Fe­bru­ary 14, 2001, 34 cou­ples from 22 coun­tries ex­changed wed­ding vows ten me­ters un­der­wa­ter in South­ern Thai­land. Con­se­quently, that day still prides it­self for the Guin­ness World Record for the most num­ber of cou­ples mar­ried si­mul­ta­ne­ously un­der­wa­ter. (Pretty weird but that’s lit­er­ally cool, don’t you think?)

2. In 2003, reli­gious ac­tivists in In­dia burned Valen­tine’s Day cards. Af­ter eight years, Iran banned gifts too such as teddy bears as part of an Is­lamic repub­lic re­tal­i­a­tion against West­ern cul­ture. (Oh, poor ted­dies!)

3. (Oh, this one’s go­ing to make you a bit en­vi­ous) In Ja­pan, it’s the other way around. Women give choco­lates to their boyfriends and male friends on Valen­tine’s Day. How­ever, men do re­turn the fa­vor on March 14, known as ‘White Day,’where women are pam­pered with white choco­lates, lin­gerie and jew­elry.

4. There is such a thing as ‘SAD or Sin­gle Aware­ness Day’ which aims to re­mind peo­ple that they do not need to be in a re­la­tion­ship to cel­e­brate this day.

5. In 2011, the largest choco­late bar mo­saic was made in Switzer­land. Hold­ing a stag­ger­ing record with its 18.35 me­ters height, it was made of 1,500 bars of choco­late.

6. Just like the heart emo­jis on your smart phone, the flow­ers given dur­ing Valen­tine’s Day have unique mean­ings. Red roses mean love, yel­low roses mean friend­ship, and pink roses mean sweet­heart. While red car­na­tions are for ad­mi­ra­tion, white car­na­tions mean pure love, red chrysan­the­mums love, and prim­rose echos young love.

7. In Ger­many, young girls would plant onions in a pot on Valen­tine’s Day, and place the name of a boy next to each onion. They be­lieved that they would marry the boy whose name was near­est to the first onion to grow.

8. Young girls in the United States and the United King­dom be­lieved that they could tell the type of man they would marry based on the type of bird they first saw on this day. A black­bird en­tails a cler­gy­man, a robin red­breast means a sailor, while a goldfinch means that they would marry a rich man. A spar­row means a farmer, a blue bird is for a happy man, a cross­bill an ar­gu­men­ta­tive man and a dove a good man. How about those who would not marry at all? It’s a wood­pecker.

9. It is said that teach­ers re­ceive the most Valen­tine cards, fol­lowed by chil­dren, moth­ers and wives. Chil­dren ages 6 to 10 do ex­change more than 650 mil­lion Valen­tine cards each year.

10. In the Philip­pines, ever since the gov­ern­ment and a big tooth­paste brand started the event in 2004, Filipino cou­ples have been gath­er­ing by the hun­dreds to com­pete for a world record: the most peo­ple kiss­ing si­mul­ta­ne­ously. The kicker? They’re be­ing held at shop­ping malls through­out the coun­try. The feast kicks off at mid­night when ev­ery­one kisses at once.

Did I miss any­thing on this list? Let us know!

Stay Ac­tive un­til our next chat!

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Need more tips in life, ca­reer and be­yond? In­vite me to speak in your event or reach me at “Coach Pat de Leon” on so­cial me­dia.

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