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10 Valentine’s Day Fun Facts
Here at Lady Luck® Black Hawk, we just love the month of February. It’s home to one of our favorite holidays, Valentine’s Day! No matter if you’re single or in a relationship, Valentine’s Day is the perfect day to show the people you love just how much you care. We’ve even got some fun promotions of our own to show our guests just how much we love them. With V-Day just around the corner, we thought it’d be fun to share 10 interesting facts about this day of love.
1. It’s About the Man in Japan
Let’s face it, in Western culture, Valentine’s Day is really all about the woman. But in Japan, it’s the other way around. This day is all about spoiling the man. While Japanese women are known for being rather reserved, they hold nothing back on this day, showing outward displays of affection. They love to dote on their man and give them massive amounts of chocolate. Hey, maybe we’re not so different after all!
2. Food Predicts the Future
Some believe the food you eat on Valentine’s Day can accurately predict your future. For instance, eating noodles means you’ll be rewarded with a long life. If you want more luck in your life, go for cabbage. Those who are looking for fertility and abundance should eat a pomegranate. We’d recommend eating all the food to cover all your bases.
3. Ode to Juliet
Spoiler alert, in the Shakespeare’s play, Romeo and Juliet, Juliet tragically dies. But, the Italian city of Verona helps keep her memory alive every Valentine’s Day. That’s because this was the city where Romeo and Juliet lived. Thousands of love letters are addressed to Juliet every Valentine’s Day.
4. People Love Their Teachers Most
Valentine’s Day holds the record for the most cards given on a holiday. A whopping 1 billion cards are exchanged each year. Teachers receive the most cards on this day, followed by mothers, wives, sweethearts, and pets.
5. Flowers Have Meaning
The next time you buy flowers for your loved one, think about the color. According to love experts, different color flowers have different meanings. For example, most people know red is the color of love and passion. However, giving yellow flowers means that you may see the person as a true friend, while white flowers represent someone who is heavenly and pure.
6. Friends First
In Finland and Estonia, Valentine’s Day is more about celebrating friendship than romantic love. February 14 is called Ystavan Paiva in Finnish and Sobrapaev in Estonian. Both words literally translate to "Friend’s Day." People exchange gifts and cards amongst friends, with the greeting “Happy Friends Day.”
7. Let Animals Decide Your Fate
Some people who are uber superstitious believe that certain animals spotted on Valentine’s Day have the ability to predict the type of person you’ll marry. If you see a dove on V-day, you’ve got a mate for life. If you see a squirrel, you might marry a cheapskate. But if you see a sparrow, you may be stuck with someone poor. Yikes!
8. Gods and Gifts
A lot of Valentine’s Day traditions date back to ancient times with the Romans. Of course, Valentine’s Day revolves around the Roman God’s Venus and Cupid. Venus was the goddess of love and beauty, and preferred roses. Cupid was the son of Venus and liked arrows. You see arrows on pretty much all things Valentine today.
9. Love Inspired The Telephone
February 14 is the official date for Valentine’s Day. But many don’t realize, if it weren’t for that date, we may not have the phone. Alexander Graham Bell applied for his patent for the telephone on Valentine’s Day in 1876.
10. Famous Sayings
The term “to wear your heart on your sleeve” dates back to the Middle Ages. Young men and women would draw names out of a bowl to see who their Valentine would be. They would then wear the names on their sleeves for one week.
We decided to get in on the holiday fun with a little love promotion of our own. Come play Merry Match Maker, and you’ll have the opportunity to win a share of $40,000 for you and your love. Now that’s a Valentine’s Day gift! Here are the details.
Merry Match Maker
Winners will select one emoticon at a time to create a pair, which corresponds to a prize. Get one free entry and earn more with every 100 points. Prizes are based on tier status. When: Fridays and Saturdays in February, 2-8 p.m.
If you’re looking for a fun, creative way to celebrate Valentine’s Day, feel free to bring your honey along for some gaming. It promises to be a good time!