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Valentine's Day Is Always On February 14
While Valentine's Day is always celebrated on February 14 in most countries, it is not a public holiday. So don't expect government offices, banks, schools and organizations to be closed.
Because millions of people all over the world celebrate love and romance on Valentine's Day, it is the busiest day for florists. Greeting card stores, jewelers, and stores that sell chocolates are also busy. Restaurants are usually crowded on Valentine's Day on this romantic day because a lot of people love to dine with their special ones. Some upscale restaurants have special Valentine's Day dinners for which reservations must be made in advance.
The Flowers and Chocolate Debate
There is often a debate about whether to give chocolates or flowers on Valentine's Day. The National Confectioners Association believes Americans prefer chocolates instead of flowers to celebrate the most romantic day of the year.
Both chocolates and flowers yield some impressive numbers on Valentine's Day. Even though 233 million roses are sold on Valentine's Day, chocolates usually outrank them 69 percent to 31 percent. If you are not sure which to give, why not be on the safe side and give both chocolates and flowers?
Chocolates and Roses
Which Flowers To Give
Even though roses are the most popular flower to give on Valentine's Day, Reader's Digest suggests there are other flowers that symbolize love and romance and can be given to that special person.
- Carnations come in so many different colors and are so inexpensive that a person can express undying love by giving a big bouquet of carnations.
- Daisies are an unusual choice that expresses love on Valentine's Day. Try giving a bunch of daisies with many different colors. That might scream various emotions ranging from "thank you" to "I love you."
- Lilies symbolize a sense of innocence. Give lilies when you want to impress your special one with that idea in mind.
- Orchids make up a tropical arrangement that suggests fantasy in the relationship. Orchids represent love and points toward a strong union.
- Succulents are ideal for women to give men. Succulents are easy to care for, and they usually last for months. They will say "I love you" long after Valentine's Day is over.
- Sunflowers are the forgotten flower for Valentine's Day. The yellow petals express warmth and a good friendship. If you have never given sunflowers on Valentine's Day, try it this year and watch the wonderful reaction from the recipient.
- Tulips are good to give if you are in a new relationship with someone. Giving red or pink tulips symbolizes a fresh beginning. Tulips are also good to give as a makeup gift. However, in that case, give white tulips to indicate you want to be forgiven.
- Violets are symbolic of faithfulness. If someone gives you violets on Valentine's Day, it's because the giver wants to be trusted by the recipient.
Valentine's Day Traditions
- Valentine Day is the busiest day for florists.
- Chocolates are given more than flowers.
- Red roses are given more than any other flower.
- Valentine's Day is a favorite day for weddings.
- Valentine's Day cards are exchanged more than on any other occasion except Christmas.
- Valentine's Day cards are given to spouses, significant others, teachers, and children.
- School children like exchanging candy hearts with their classmates. The little candy hearts have loving phrases printed on them. See them in the picture below.
Children's Valentine's Day Candies
Did You Know. . .?
Saudi Arabia bans celebrating Valentine's Day. Everything associated with the romantic day is forbidden. That includes exchanging cards, giving flowers and chocolates. People are even forbidden to wear red on February 14.
- Valentine's Day Traditions and Superstitions
Valentine's Day has a lot of traditions. The unofficial holiday also has a lot of superstitions.