Light the candles and get out the love poems--it's Valentine's day! If you need some conversation tidbits to impress your special someone tonight, we got the scoop on marriage, love, weddings just for you. Check out what we found:
The History of Love
- The English word love comes from the same root as Sanskrit lubhyati, meaning “desire.”
- The first recorded wedding rings appeared in ancient Egypt. The circular bands represented several things, including eternity and the powerful Egyptian sun and moon deities.
- The ancient Greeks believed that the fourth finger on the left hand contained the vena amoris, or the “vein of love,” which supposedly ran straight to the heart. This is why wedding rings are worn on the left “ring” finger.
- Celtic knots are famous symbols of eternity and love, but other cultures have also used knots to signify love. Anciently, young Arabic women would send secret messages to their lovers using intricate knots.
- Apples were once considered symbols of love. The Celts believed that the apple represented love because it lasted so long after being harvested.
- Las Vegas, Nevada, the wedding capital of the US, issues approximately 120,000 marriage licenses each year.
- The majority of people (69%) do not believe in only "one true love."
- As of 2011, the average age for first marriages in the US is 28.7 for men and 26.5 for women.
- According to one survey, 70% of people worldwide report feeling loved in their average day.
- More than half of people worldwide (56%) believe in love at first sight.