American poet, musician and songwriter Eden Ahbez once said in his song Nature Boy “The greatest thing you’ll ever learn Is just to love and be loved in return.” All of us may not be so romantic to think the same. In fact, even he himself might not have had the same opinion at all times. Nevertheless, one thing which is true is that love is arguably the best of human emotions. Love has had a great impact on the overall course of human civilization too. For love, wars have been fought, people have given sacrifices, volumes of literature have been written, tour de force of paintings have been painted, many a great innovations have been possible and so many other things have happened. Love has been widely accepted as a vital need for living life at the fullest. In absence of love, life seems so raw, barren and futile.
Love exists in different forms, as the love between a mother and her child, love of their pupils by teachers, love for our friends and others. Of all forms of love, romantic love is one of its kind. Romantic love is so often referred to and thought about by humans that when someone mentions a thing or few about “love”, we instinctively think of “romantic love”. Had not been for its ever alluring charm, romantic love wouldn’t be such close to being a synonym for love. In fact, humans have remained intent about romantic love so much that there happens to be a particular day from the year dedicated to it. And, that is what we call the “Valentine’s Day”, celebrated every year on the 14th of February. This annual festivity has its origins in Christianity but the fact that it is celebrated almost everywhere across borders, religions and cultures, albeit with some exceptions, has earned it the status of global “Festival of Love”. There are so many legends and myths about the origins of this day, each adding a significance to this day. And, at present, the statistics piled up around the day are equally remarkable.
Right here is the list of top 10 interesting facts about Valentine’s Day, each one of them noteworthy in their own way.
10. On Valentine’s Day, ladies don’t just see birds
It is amazing how people start believing some fallacies. Whatever be the origins of these fallacies, some fallacies about seeing of birds on a Valentine’s Day are of significant amuse. Once it was believed that if a woman saw a flying robin on Valentine’s day, she would end up getting married to a sailor. However, if it was the case of a sparrow, she would end up marrying a man that was poor and live a happy life. Meanwhile, if she saw a goldfinch, then she was to marry a man that was a millionaire. Lucky girl! We can only wonder who she would marry if she saw a pigeon, as history doesn’t say a thing about this bird.
9. Teachers receive the most Valentine’s Day cards
Studies suggest that teachers receive the most Valentine’s Day cards. Thinking of going to give some quality education to high school children? Well, much not use of that if you are thinking of it in some romantic way. The teachers rank atop the list as they receive cards from their students, particularly in the junior classes, most often one from each. The teachers are then followed by children, mothers. Wives and sweethearts come only after them on the list. This ordering doesn’t seem quite like the one we’d normally expect. Well, this is because Valentine’s Day is not only for sharing romantic love. It has been the way to express love to our family members, relatives and friends too. Then, the list doesn’t look that surprising!
8. Quirky alone day is also celebrated on February 14
What is this quirky alone day? Isn’t it Valentine’s Day on February 14? Then? The questions may be uprising inside you. Disappointed at having no one special for the day? No need for that now! As Valentine’s Day is basically meant for couples, alternative to the festival falling on this day has been devised in the name of “Quirky alone day”. This recently devised “International Quirky Alone Day” aims to celebrate a person’s individuality and singleness. It ties together all singles together in a single thread. The enthusiastic followers of this day cite it as a way to stand apart from Valentine Day’s marketing and take a pride at being single. Another alternate Valentine’s Day celebration is Single Awareness Day, which aims at reminding people that they don’t need to be in a relationship to celebrate life.