1. St. Valentine was a christian priest living near Rome in about 270 AD.
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2. Under the reign of emperor Claudius, marriage between the young was forbidden so that he could more easily build an army. Valentine defied the decree and continued to perform secret marriages. But his mission of love turned bloody when he was caught and imprisoned by the emperor’s soldiers.
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3. Before his execution, he allegedly fell in love with his jailor’s daughter and sent her a love message signing it ” From your Valentine”.
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4. Every Valentines day, the Italian city of Verona, where Shakespeare’s lovers Romeo and Juliet lived, receives about 1000 letters addressed to Juliet.
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5. Girls of medieval times ate bizarre foods on St. valentines day to make them dream of their future spouse.
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6. In south Korea, women give chocolate to men on February 14 and men give non chocolate candy to women on March 14 (White Day). On April 14 (Black Day), those who didnot recieve anything on the 14th of Feb or March go to a Korean restaurant to eat black noodles and “mourn” their single life.
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7. In Luthiana and Latvia, people put stickers on friend’s and relative’s faces and clothing.
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8. In Taiwan, roses are given. One rose means “Only Love”, 99 roses means “Forever” and 108 roses means ” Marry me “.
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9. In Finland and Estonia, Valentines Day is called as Friends Day.
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10.Valentine’s Day is also known as SAD, or Singles Awareness Day, which is a day to revel in or be miserable about one’s solo status. Others have named it “Quirkyalone Day.” 15% of U.S women send themselves flowers on this day.
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