A by-the-numbers look at Valentine's Day

A by-the-numbers look at Valentine's Day

For some, the day is just another day and they couldn't be bothered with making plans, buying flowers (cliché) or heart-shaped cards; they don't need a day marked on the calendar to prove they love someone. And we can chit our diet and allow our love ones too.

UPS estimates it will deliver 88 million flowers for Valentine's Day, that's about 514,000 boxes. This is the day to shower her with lots of love for all the times she loved you without expecting anything in return. For the person whose idea of a big spoon is one with a giant scoop of peanut butter on it. Driving the new trend, people are also looking forward to spend the day indulging in activities with 37% preferring "sight-seeing", 10% of them chose "shopping" while 9% enjoy the "culinary experience" and 8% opted for a "spa".

There are so many forms of love, and any or all of them should be celebrated on Valentine's Day.

However, it is interesting to note that Valentine's Day is not the only motivator for booking that romantic trip, as 64% of the respondents said that they would prefer to head out for a romantic getaway for their anniversaries.

The rise of online shopping in South Africa continues with an enormous 990% increase in the number of e-commerce transactions from Valentine's Day 2015 to Valentine's Day 2017.

Puru Chibber: Valentine's day is ideal one to arrange a fine dine for your love one.

Now, let me be your Valentines once more. If you think about it, this could well be termed the broken-brain syndrome. Fortunately, I'm cursed every year and I'm always single, so I haven't really celebrated V-Day with a partner or anything.

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Kunal Jaisingh: For me Valentine's day, here in mumbai is friends time.

The Valentine's Day that many have come to know and love (and loathe) has evolved quite a bit from times of desperate love letters while in prison and fertility rituals in pagan Rome.

These vanilla scented candles in hand-made ceramic pots with the cutest heart design are flawless if you want to amp up the ambiance on a special evening with your S/O or perhaps a V-day dinner with your closest girlfriends. Binge Netflix, get a heart shaped pizza from Pizza Hut - there's no shame cause it's just you.

Learning to be comfortable alone - especially when everyone else is spending today in a loved-up bubble - isn't easy, but once you've mastered the skill, getting away from everybody else's demands can be pretty blissful. Strike up a casual conversation with someone in your class or hall who you know, but have never spoken to.

If you're single, you go about your daily life and try to avoid all the romance being shoved down your throat.

I read somewhere that waiting is a sign of true love and patience. I can see you even when my eyes are closed and I can feel our love deep within my heart. I'll love you forever and ever! Whether it be by fully embracing the "Treat Yo 'Self" attitude (thank you, "Parks and Recreation", for that iconic episode) or sending a Candygram to a friend on campus, everyone deserves to be reminded of the impression they have left on someone's heart.

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