As attention turns towards Valentine's Day, we discussed what the day means to all of us here at Meetoo (which you can read about here). While researching Valentine's Day, I came across some interesting facts about the celebration that I never knew and are quite surprising...
According to an array of different sources, teachers receive the most Valentine's Day cards. This is then followed by children, mothers, wives and pets who are placed within the top five. Staff rooms over the world must be cluttered with letters over Valentines week!
Chocolate is just another gift that we associate with Valentine's Day, but where did the tradition originate from? Richard Cadbury (from the Cadbury chocolate family) created a box of chocolates for his wife in 1868 by personally painting and decorating the box. I think our office can personally say, "Great job Cadbury, great job", from the chocoholics.
Valentine's Day is in the top three of the largest consumer holidays in the U.S. and over 18 billion is spent on the celebration in the United States. 3.8 billion of the total cost is spent by American couples on a night out on the day itself. I suppose no pressure to book that expensive restaurant then...
The romantic play, Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, is one of the most famous love stories that we all know. To the extent that Juliet still receives letters on Valentine's Day each year. Over 1000 letters are sent to the Italian city of Verona (where according to the play Romeo and Juliet lived) and addressed specifically to Juliet. I am not too far off from receiving the same amount of letters myself...
Typically, Valentine's Day has an association as being as a 'couples celebration day'. In other countries, Valentine's Day has its own interpretations and a whole different meaning. Finland have a celebration called ystävänpäivä, which translates as 'Friend's Day'. The celebration is about showing respect and appreciation to your friends.
For more interesting facts about Valentine's Day, click here.
If you want to create a fun Valentine's Day quiz for your colleagues or students to enjoy, then why not use Meetoo to get everyone involved and voting to see if they really know their facts! Using Meetoo and starting off with some interesting questions in your meetings, lectures or training sessions will vastly increase participation and engagement.
Happy Valentine's Day!
Ben (also known as Cupid).
Ben Waugh is the Marketing Coordinator for Meetoo. Ben graduated from the University of Southampton and is a fanatic of the Creative Arts, be that music, film, tech or indeed journalism.
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