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10 lovely facts about Valentine’s Day

10 lovely facts about Valentine’s Day

 

  1. According to the Greeting Card Association, over one billion Valentine’s cards are sent annually, 85% of them by women!

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2. It’s principally celebrated only in the US, UK, France, Mexico, Canada and Australia.

3. There are competing theories as to who exactly St Valentine was. He was martyred in AD270, some say because he defied a decree of Emperor Claudius II, who had forbidden young men from marrying, wanting them to become soldiers rather than husbands. Another tale has Valentine imprisoned for aiding Christians in escaping from Roman prisons. In a delicious twist, legend has it that while imprisoned himself Valentine fell in love with his jailer’s daughter and even penned her the first amorous message signed Your Valentine, thus seeding the whole modern tradition.

4. The oldest verified Valentine’s message dates back to the 1400s. It was sent by Charles, Duke of Orleans who sent his wife a message from the Tower of London after he was imprisoned following the defeat of his army at Agincourt.

5. About 3% of pet owners around the world will give a Valentine’s card to their pets!

6. During the Middle Ages, young men and women would draw names to see who would be their Valentine. They would then wear this name pinned to their sleeve for one week so everyone could see. This is the origin of the expression ‘to wear your heart on your sleeve’.

7. More than 35 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate will be sold for Valentine’s Day. And in the 1800s doctors used to prescribe chocolate to cure the pangs of lost love.

8. The world record for the longest kiss is an incredible 58 hours, 35 minutes and 58 seconds. The record is held by Ekkachai Tiranarat and Laksana Tiranarat, both from Thailand, and was set in Pattaya on 12-14 February 2013.

9. Each Valentine’s Day the city of Verona in Italy, home to Romeo and Juliet, receives around 1000 letters addressed to Juliet.

10. We’ve got a whole range of things happening here at English Studio for Valentine’s Day. Come and get your photo taken at the Love Booth between 11.30 and 3 at Holborn Reception, grab yourself some Love Hearts for something sweet during the day and best of all get an extra week free if you re-enrol or book your course by 22nd February (it’s a lovely offer but some terms and conditions apply so contact us for more details)

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