February 14 is just around corner. It is just another day for the singles, but for those who are in a relationship, it is a day to express their love to their significant other. Before you head out to buy cards, flowers, and chocolates, here are 14 fun facts about Valentine’s Day to feel more the essence of the love month:
Valentine’s Day history is based on various theories. The most popular one dates back to the time of the Roman Empire in A.D. 270 under the reign of Claudius II. When Emperor Claudius decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and kids, he banned marriage for young men. After realising the injustice of this law, Bishop Valentine defied the emperor and continued to perform secret marriages for young couples. After Claudius discovered Valentine’s disobedience, he was thrown into prison and was ordered to be executed.
Fun Fact One: It was believed that while he was imprisoned, Valentine wrote to the jailor’s daughter and the letter was signed “From your Valentine,” a popular expression still used today.
Fun Fact Two: Saint Valentine is hailed as the patron saint of lovers and engaged couples. He is also the patron saint of epilepsy—which is believed he had suffered—plague, greetings, travellers, young people, and beekeepers.
Fun Fact Three: In A.D. 500, Pope Gelasius established Valentine’s Day in an attempt to christianise the ancient pagan Roman fertility festival, Lupercalia.
Heart on your sleeve
Fun Fact Four: The idiom “to wear your heart on your sleeve” originated in the Middle Ages. Young men and women drew names from a bowl to see who would be their Valentine. After that, they would have this name pinned on their sleeve for a week.
Fun Fact Five: Casanova, famous for being “The World’s Greatest Lover,” ate chocolates to make himself virile.
Fun Fact Six: Richard Cadbury, second son of the Quaker John Cadbury, founder of Cadbury’s cocoa and chocolate company, produced the first box of chocolates for Valentine’s Day in the late 1800s.
Fun Fact Seven: During the 1800s, doctors commonly advised their heartbroken patients to eat chocolate, claiming it would ease their pain. To this day, many women still find comfort in a box of chocolates when dealing with heartbreak.
Flowers and cards
Who believes and who doesn’t?
In the poll conducted by CBS News, 64 percent of Americans say they believe in psychic and paranormal phenomena, while 26 percent say they do not.
Those who are 65 and older are skeptical about ESP, telepathy, and other unexplainable circumstances.
Two-thirds of those who identified as Catholics say that psychic phenomena happen, compared to only 52 percent of Protestants and other religions. Remarkably, there are also some differences with regard to education.
By 60 percent against 54 percent, those with at least college education are more likely to say psychic phenomena occur than those with lower level of education.
Although majority of the public believes in psychic phenomena, only a small number say they have actually had a psychic experience. Eight in 10 have never had such an encounter, and 16% say they have.
A person does not need tarot cards, magic tricks, or psychic ability to do card reading. The only thing a person interested in card reading needs is the basic knowledge in cartomancy.
Cartomancy is the act of foreseeing the future and finding out inspiration by using a regular deck of cards. Sometimes it is referred to as “reading tarot from a regular card deck.” Intuition and the subconscious mind are the basis for card selection when doing a reading. The cards may speak of people, seasons, warnings, and even love.