Ah, Valentine’s Day. The perfect day of happiness, joy and expressing your love for that special someone – even if in secret (in a non-stalkerish way, of course!).
Despite being celebrated as a significant cultural holiday in many countries throughout the world, Valentine’s Day isn’t actually a public holiday in any country, and we think that’s a crying shame! It doesn’t stop us from spreading the love, though!
Can you guess how many Valentines Cards are sent around the world these days? Answer below!
He loves me, he loves me not
Can you imagine having to wait days or weeks to declare your love to your beloved fancy? Imagine waiting in limbo to see if your Valentine reciprocated your love… what an agonising wait! Picking the petals off daisies, ‘he loves me, he loves me not, he loves me…’, waiting for the post-boy to deliver a returned love letter to the local postmaster ready for delivery. Whilst we can say ‘I love you’ over a crisp phone line in real-time almost anywhere in the world, it’s easy to forget that it wasn’t always this easy to display and share our love!
With love, from Rome
Whilst the earliest roots of a vague form of Valentine’s day can be traced back as far as the Roman times when the Lupercalia festival, a fertility celebration, took place each year on 15th February, it wasn’t until the seventeenth century that it became tradition to send your loved one a valentine letter. By the eighteenth century, friends, lovers and partners from all corners of society began to celebrate Valentine’s Day by sending handwritten notes and endearing tokens of affection.
Fit for a king
The practice of sending a valentine, however, is evident as early as the thirteenth century; in fact, the oldest known valentine was sent by Charles, Duke of Orleans who at the time was holed up in the Tower of London, to his wife in 1415. Fast forward a few years and it’s rumoured that King Henry V employed a writer to compose a valentine to his love interest, Catherine of Valois.
The boom in printing technology enabled the production of Valentine’s Day cards – a small step away from valentine love letters and a significant leap towards modern day valentine cards as we know them now. Apparently, of all the valentines cards send around the world today, a whopping 85% are sent by women – come on guys, send some love!
Tweets of love
There are lots of theories about why February 14th is called Valentine’s Day, and lots of these believe it has something to do with one of the many Saint Valentines who lived during the previous centuries. Another theory is that because in Europe it was believed that birds embarked on their mating season on February 14th, the date would make for a suitable day of love and romance all around!
Send your love via a cheap international call
If you’re looking to distribute some love this Valentine’s Day, you needn’t prepare your love letter weeks in advance… in fact, you needn’t write a love letter at all (although if you want a spot of advice, it’ll score you lots of love points if you do!) because we can have you hooked up (no pun intended!) with your loved one in no time thanks to our seamless, super cheap phone calls! So if you long to call your beau in Australia, your girlfriend in Germany or your best mate in Singapore, we can help and it’ll take a mere few seconds! For more information, simply click here.
Wishing you a totally loved-up Valentine’s Day,
with love from the Cherry Call team x
*Answer: One billion!