Valentine’s Day is nearly upon us, so we’ve gathered a few facts together that you may not know
- Every year, around 1000 letters are addressed to ‘Juliet’ in the Italian city of Verona, where Shakespeare’s lovers Romeo and Juliet lived.
- It is reported that the first man to send a Valentine note was a Frenchman: Charles, Duke of Orleans, who had been imprisoned in the Tower of London in 1415. He wrote 60 love poems to his wife after remaining there for 25 years and it is claimed these are the first formal “valentines”.
- According to romantic legend, Valentine was a Roman priest who was put to death on February 14th, for marrying Roman soldiers against the orders of the Emperor.
- The colour of your roses signifies very different things: red is a declaration of true love, pink symbolises innocence, yellow stands for jealousy, and a white rose means I Love You Not!
- Tradition held that if an unmarried woman saw a robin flying overhead on Valentine’s Day, she would marry a sailor. If she saw a sparrow, it meant she would marry a poor man and be very happy; if she saw a goldfinch, then she would marry a rich person.
- Another belief is that the first man a young woman sees in the morning of Valentine’s Day is the man she is going to marry.