The exchange of cards, candy, gifts and flowers is how many people express their affection to someone special each year on February 14. This day of romance is known as Valentine’s Day. The holiday is named for a Christian martyr and dates back to the 5th century, but has origins in the Roman holiday, Lupercalia (history.com). The day first became associated with romantic love within the circle of the poet Geoffrey Chaucer in the 14th century. In 18th-century England, it evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other (Wikipedia).
Interesting Valentine’s Day facts:
* Richard Cadbury produced the first box of chocolates for Valentine’s Day in the late 1800s.
* More than 36 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate will be sold for Valentine’s Day.
* 189 million stems of roses are sold in the U.S. on Valentine’s Day.
* Red roses are considered the flower of love because the color red stands for strong romantic feelings.
* Women purchase approximately 85 percent of all valentines.
* Americans spend around $277 million on Valentine cards every year, second only to Christmas.
* About 3 percent of pet owners will give Valentine’s Day gifts to their pets.
* 220,000 is the average number of wedding proposals on Valentine’s Day each year.
* Teachers will receive the most Valentine’s Day cards, followed by children, mothers, wives, sweethearts and pets.
* In the U.S., 64 percent of men do not make plans in advance for a romantic Valentine’s Day with their sweethearts.
Have you made plans for Valentine’s Day? Lake Quivira Country Club has a romantic evening planned for you. You will start the evening off with a complimentary glass of sparkling wine. Then in the magical ambiance of glowing candles, you will savor a delicious, three-course dinner while listening to classical music performed by a live guitarist. Reservations are required, so book now by calling Shannon, 913-631-4821.
Information on the event and the menu can be found on the website http://lakequivira.org/Member-Central/Member_Events.aspx or in the Clubhouse Newsletter.