Surprising Facts You Didn't Know About Valentines Day

Written by Emma Tommasini

 

Valentine’s Day is celebrated every February 14th as couples across the globe honour their spouses, partners and sweethearts. Hundreds of years of traditions and customs have made it into the holiday that we observe today. We have uncovered the most interesting facts about the holiday dedicated to love. 

Valentine’s Day History

  • Valentines Day originated in Rome when Emperor Claudius II was trying to bolster his army, He forbade young men to marry, because apparently single men make better soldiers. In the spirit of love, St. Valentine defied the ban and performed secret marriages.
  • For his disobedience, Valentine was executed on February 14th, the day we now celebrate Valentines Day! 
  • The X symbol became synonymous with the kiss in medieval times. People who couldn't write their names signed in front of a witness with an X. The X was then kissed to show their sincerity.
  • The saying  “wearing your heart on your sleeve” came 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. 
  • Richard Cadbury introduced the first box of Valentine's Day chocolates in 1868
  • Valentine's  in 1876 was the day inventor Alexander Graham Bell filed the first patent for the telephone
  • Hallmark was one of the first to mass produce a Valentine’s Day card, all the way back in 1913.
  • Heart-shaped candies started out as medicinal lozenges. Pharmacist Oliver Chase invented a machine to create lozenges before switching to using the machine to create the sweetheart candy. 

    Modern Valentine’s Day

  • Valentine's Day is one of the popular days to pop the question, with as many as 6 million couples getting engaged on February 14th each year!
  • In Australia, Valentine's Day is the second busiest day of the year for restaurants,
  • 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.
  • The condom company Durex reports that condom sales are 20-30% higher around Valentine’s Day.
  • In Finland they celebrate 'Friends Day' instead of Valentines Day.
  • About 3 in 10 adults report to give valentines celebrations a miss. Being single and believing the holiday is commercialised or cheesy were common reasons why.
  • On Valentine's Day, some Zoos offer the opportunity for people buy a cockroach, name it after an ex, and then watch it be fed to an animal, such as a meerkat. 

Valentine's Gifts 

  • Every year, more than 36 million heart shaped boxes of chocolates are sold across the country.
  • Sorry men, it looks like you’ll be spending twice as much as women this year on gifts. The average man spends $130 on Valentines Day, while women spend about $70.
  • Don’t forget about your pets! Every year, around 9 million people buy their pets a Valentine’s Day gift.
  • February 14th is the second largest card giving day of the year, just after Christmas. 
  • Teachers receive the most Valentine’s Day cards, followed by kids, mothers, wives and girlfriends.
  • The only other day that beats Valentine’s Day in floral sales is Mother’s Day
  • The most likely flower to be purchased? Red roses of course!
  • Who says you can’t be your own Valentine? An estimated 18% of women sent themselves flowers.
  • A study showed 65% of people preferred an "experience gift"— a.k.a. treatment gift voucher, tickets to a concert or outdoor experience,  

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  • Grandparents 
  • Brother or Sister 
  • Uncles, Aunties & Cousins        
  • Best Friends
  • Work Colleagues and Employees 
  • Teachers

 


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Magnesium is required by the trillions of cells in your body to carry out hundreds of different processes every day. Magnesium is involved with the metabolism of your foods, hormone production, stress modulation, muscle relaxation, bone health and sleep regulation. So you can see why magnesium is a vital nutrient! With this in mind, it is important you are getting enough to ensure your body can perform these functions. Here are my top 6 reasons you may need a little more of this miracle mineral.

 

You’re not getting enough

Reason 1: Do you belong to 80% of the Australian population not meeting their minimum daily magnesium requirements? Recommended dietary intakes (RDIs) for magnesium range from 310 mg/day (females) to 420 mg/day (males), which can easily be obtained from consuming roughly one cup of cooked green vegetables, a handful of nuts or a raw cacao smoothie. Sounds doable right? Unfortunately, that’s not what everyone is eating, with magnesium deficient refined and processed foods creeping onto peoples plates. 


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At First Things First Wellness Centre we love recommending and collaborating with other great local businesses. Courtney Dental is just a few doors down from us on Charters Towers Road.

A family friendly business, Courtney Dental is focused around helping you. They understand that visiting the dentist can be an emotional experience and are there to support and care for you.

Courtney Dental has generously offered a Philips Zoom Teeth Whitening Treatment as a prize for our current 5 Week Weight Loss Challenge. The lucky winner will experience an In-chair treatment and a take home kit valued at $795.


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