wondered by Joana Galhardo Tags

Hello everybody!
I apologize for the silence this weekend, but I wanted to post on this particular day. The day for the lovers, the chocolate and jewelry, the flowers and cards. Yep, Valentine's day.

So if you're in a relationship and you have time to spare, you're spending it with your better half and I doubt you're reading this today. If you're not in a relationship and you're feeling alone and with no one the give you some treats and all that, I'm gifting you some facts about this day...That, now that I think about it, will probably make you sadder.

#1 Valentine's day traces its roots to an ancient pagan holiday called Lupercalia, in which men stripped naked, grabbed whips and spanked young women in hopes of increasing their fertility.
...Which sounds a lot more fun than this thing we do nowadays..Just saying!

#2 Throughout history, there have been approximately 8 St. Valentines, 3 of them had special feast days in their honor. The 2 St. Valentines who most likely inspired Valentine's day are Valentine of Terni and Valentine of Rome.
St. Valentine is the patron saint of lovers and engaged couples; but he is also the patron saint of epilepsy (which he is said that to have suffered), plague, greetings, travelers, young people and bee keepers!

#3 The Christian martyr St. Valentine was beheaded on February 14th for performing marriages in secret. Also, the famous St. Valentine's day massacre, in which 7 Chicago gangsters were gunned down on February 14th, 1929, was one of the bloodiest in mob history.
My bloody Valentine indeed...

#4 The 1st Valentine's day card was sent by Charles, Duke of Orleans, to his wife, while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London.

#5 Red hearts are a Valentine symbol. Red is traditionally associated with the color of blood.
At one time, people thought that the heart, which pumps bloods, was the part of the body that felt love. In fact, when the Egyptians mummified their dead for burial, they removed every organ but the heart because these hopeless romantics believed that the heart was the only part of the body necessary for the trip through eternity. (*awww*)

#6 40% of people have negative feelings towards Valentine's day.

#7 The saying "wearing you heart on your sleeve" is 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.

#8 Engagements rings are often worn on the 4th finger of the left hand because the ancient Greeks maintained that that finger contains the vena amoris (vein of love) that runs straight to the heart.
And, speaking of rings, the 1st recorded wedding rings appeared in ancient Egypt, with the circle representing eternity as well as powerful sun and moon deities.

Wonder about that!