Soon after the Western tradition of celebrating Valentine's Day, it began being celebrated around the world. And now, it is one of the most commercialized days of the year. With these words, we conclude our lesson for Valentines Day.
While doing some research on Wikipedia, we came across some interesting trivia about the United States. For example, Hawaii is where the first romantic card was invented back in 1843. Did you know that the first Valentine's Day was held in England? And that on the first day of February 1542, Henry VIII issued a proclamation to marry his nephew, Edward Earl of Kent, to his daughter, Queen Mary?
There are various nicknames for Valentine's Day, but the most popular is the Saint Valentine's Day, the original name of the holiday. Because it falls on the feast day of Saint Valentine, on February 14th, the Catholic Church gave the name "Saint Valentine's Day" for the celebration in the third century.
In addition, more and more people celebrate Valentine's Day with their sweethearts in a big party. And another interesting fact is that Valentine's Day fell on a Sunday in England for almost the first two centuries of the celebration.
And, according to the National Retail Federation, the average American spends $140 on Valentine's Day gifts. Now, as early as February 9th, people search online for special, exciting, and funny items they want to buy for their loved ones. Did you know that the short-shorts outfit was invented in Hawaii? So now you know something about the stories behind your favorite clothing, right? 3d9ccd7d82