It's that time of the year again, love is in the air, restaurants book out, florists sell out and newsagents burn through the cards. Here are some fun heart-warming statistics from the land Down Under, along with a brief look at the origins of this special day.
Would you propose on Valentine's day?
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), an estimated 5,000 couples get engaged on Valentine's Day each year. That's right – lovebirds across the country are seizing the opportunity to turn this romantic day into a lifelong commitment.
And for those true romantics, you will love this
Valentine's Day isn't just for engagements. It's also a popular day for couples to tie the knot. In fact, around 2,000 Australian couples exchange vows on February 14th every year.
West Australian Little Cupid
Now, let's talk about the adorable side of Valentine's Day. In Western Australia, approximately 500 babies arrive on February 14th every year. Talk about the ultimate love connection! I definitely know a few people who would have loved this sweet coincidence for their little treasures. It's a pity that they don't always arrive on our schedule, haha.
Where did this crazy all start?
The history of Valentine's Day is as fascinating as the love stories it has come to symbolise. Originating from ancient Roman traditions, the day was dedicated to the festival of Lupercalia, celebrating fertility and love. Valentine's Day, once a mix of pagan fertility rituals and Christian martyrdom, has transformed into a day of expressing love and affection. The exchange of cards, gifts, and romantic gestures has made this day a global phenomenon, embraced by people all around the world.
Whatever you find yourself doing this February 14th, whether it is alone or with someone by your side, the best thing, I think, you can give is a smile. A smile is warm and full of love. Smile at a stranger, I dare you! You might just be the happy moment in their day that they needed.
Just in case you are needing a little something extra for your sweetheart check out these:
And if you are the one wanting to propose this Valentine's Day maybe these are for you: