Saint Valentine’s Day, also known as Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, is observed on February 14 each year. It is celebrated in many countries around the world, although it remains a working day in most of them. Feast day of Saint Valentine; the celebration of Love and affection.
•About 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged in US each year. That’s the largest seasonal card-sending occasion of the year, next to Christmas
•Parents receive 1 out of every 5 valentines.
•About 3% of pet owners will give Valentine’s Day gifts to their pets.
•Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day are the biggest holidays for giving flowers.
•The Italian city of Verona, where Shakespeare’s lovers Romeo and Juliet lived, receives about 1,000 letters addressed to Juliet every Valentine’s Day.
•Richard Cadbury invented the first Valentines Day candy box in the late 1800s.
•The red rose was the favorite flower of Venus, the Roman goddess of love. The color red stands for strong romantic feelings making the red rose the flower of love.
• Cupid is a symbol of Valentine’s Day. Cupid was associated with Valentine’s Day because he was the son of Venus, the Roman god of love and beauty. Cupid often appears on Valentine cards and gift tokens holding a bow and arrows as he is believed to use magical arrows to arouse feelings of love.
• The heart is associated to Valentine’s Day as it is considered the source of all human emotions. The custom of drawing a heart shape is supposed to have come from early attempts to draw an organ that no one had seen. The symbol came on to become as a sign of love.
• The heart has been the most common figure of romantic love over the decades. Ancient cultures believed the human soul lived in the heart. The heart may be linked with love because the ancient Greeks believed it was the goal of Eros, known as Cupid to the Romans. Anyone shot in the heart by one of Cupid’s arrows would fall hopelessly in love. Because the heart is also closely linked to love, its red color is considered as most romantic.
• Lovebirds are often associated with Valentine’s Day. These lovebirds found in Africa, are brightly colored and sit very close together with their mates, earning them their name.
• Doves are also part of the Valentine tradition. These birds are symbols of love and loyalty because they mate for life. A pair of doves will also share the care of all their babies.
• In olden times some people used to believe that if a woman saw a robin flying overhead on the Valentine’s Day, it meant she would marry a sailor. If she saw a sparrow, she would marry a poor man and be very happy. If she saw a goldfinch, she would marry a millionaire.
• A love knot is a symbol of undying love, as its twisting loops have no beginnings or ends. In olden times, they were made of ribbon or drawn on paper to prove ones eternal love.
The Colossus of Rhodes – Greece
This wonder of the ancient World was located in the Greek Island of Rhodes. It was a giant statue of Bronze that represented to the god Helios, which was constructed in the III century BC.
Is believed that this statue was approximately as large as the Statue of Liberty in New York, whose creator the French sculptor Auguste Bartholdi was inspired by the ancient wonder of the world.
The statue would have been located at the entrance of the harbor of the island of Rhodes. The statue’s base was made of white marble; the pedestal was 50 feet height (approximately 15 meters). The feet of the statue were carved in stone and later they were covered with bronze plates riveted. Is said that The Colossus of Rhode was 110 feet (33 m) height when was completed.
If you get into the bottom of a well or a tall chimney and look up, you can see stars, even in the middle of the day.
In ancient times strangers shook hands to show that they were unarmed.
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Soldiers do not march in step when going across bridges because they could set up a vibration which could be sufficient to knock the bridge down.
New Zealand is free of heartworm disease and rabies.
Buttermilk does not contain any butter.
A cat’s ear has a total of thirty two muscles.
The average person laughs 15 times per day.
The eye of an ostrich is larger than its brain.