Roses are red Violets are blue Chicken nuggets are cheaper than dinner for 2. People have started a strange trend for Valentine's day, and everyone's going crazy for it. Keep scrolling to find out more.    

What really is the meaning behind Valentine's day?

Valentine’s day might just be a big corporate scheme, but it doesn’t have to be.  

It's more than that.

It’s no surprise that card and flower companies exploit Valentine’s day for all it’s worth, but the day itself happens to have a rich history. Scroll to the end to see the bizarre bouquets people have been getting for their loved ones.

Who is St. Valentine?

It all started in the third century… With a guy called Claudius the second; he banned his people from getting married because he believed it made his soldiers weeker.

Someone needs a hug.

One of Claudius’ Roman priests – St. Valentine – felt this was out of order, and began marrying the soldiers behind his back.

He did him dirty.

When Claudius found out about St. Valentine’s betrayal, he was sentenced to jail. Funnily enough, this is where he met the love of his life. Ironic, right?

This was obviously forbidden.

The love of his life turned out to be the jailer’s daughter, which was obviously forbidden.

Things escalated.

St. Valentine was sentenced to death. It’s what he did before his execution that created the tradition of Valentine’s day.

He sent a love letter.

Signed “your Valentine,” just before being executed on February the 14th.

It went on to signify the beginning of spring.

Nowadays, it’s a way for people to express their love and gratitude for the special people in their lives. And a way for big companies to turn the holiday into a big money-making event.  

It's crazy how much people spend.

According to the National Retail Federation, people are expected to spend an average of $161 on Valentine’s day.  

It doesn't just have to be a box of chocolates or a teddy bear.

Valentine’s day has seen many people around the world celebrate the day in wacky and wonderful ways, to show the people they love that they care. Here are just 15 of the best.  

Traveling with your partner.

People have started traveling to different places around the world to share their love of cultures with one another. I have to admit, I’d much rather spend my money on an adventure rather than book a meal in an overcrowded restaurant.

Cupid costume.

This might not be something you want your partner to do for you, or even wear in the same room as you, but this trend of dressing up as Cupid has become quite popular at Valentine’s day parties. If you’re not really the romantic type, this could be just the thing you need.

"Quirkyalone Day."

This is basically a singles awareness day. It has created a space for people who are focusing on loving themselves or people who haven’t found the one yet. It’s a great idea to create a reason to give yourself the care and love you deserve. Just remember, self-care shouldn’t just be for one day. And don’t ever worry about being alone on Valentine’s day, everyone is at different points in their lives! Treat yourself to a bit of Valentine’s day love.  

Group date.

People have started to celebrate Valentine’s day in groups with their close friends. There’s no rule that you have to spend the day with just your significant other. After all, Valentine’s day is all about showing gratitude to all the people you love in your life.

Free hugs.

Some people are taking to the streets to offer hugs to complete strangers. Because, why not?  

Buying gifts for themselves.

I don’t usually need an excuse to buy myself something, but if St. Valentine wants to give me another reason to buy myself a new handbag, then I’m not complaining. Go ahead and splurge on yourself!

Change the date.

Changing the date of Valentine’s day is a pretty good idea because it allows people to celebrate with their loved ones without being stuck in an overcrowded restaurant. This also lets couples find a day that best suits them.

All girls slumber party.

It’s time to crack open the boxed wine and scour Netflix for the best chick flicks to watch with your besties. This is a cheap and fun-filled alternative to the more traditional V-Day celebrations.

Meaningful gifts.

Some people think the best way to show you care on Valentine’s day is to buy the most expensive gift. But I guarantee if you put the effort into getting something your partner actually wants, you’re doing so much better. Even if you don’t think its particularly romantic, it shows you’ve put thought into your gift.

Go for a drive.

Going for a late-night drive can be romantic, and also gives you a chance to talk to each other without any disruptions. It can be difficult to find the time to spend alone together without life getting in the way, but simple things like going for a drive together can show the other you’re making the effort to spend time with them.

Donate to charity.

Why not share the love by donating what you’d usually spend on the day, to a charity of your choice and make a difference.

Don't hook up.

Some people are embracing the single life, as tempting as it is to find a fellow singleton to spend the night with, it can be just as good to spend that time with yourself. It’s just as (if not more) important to work on feeling the love for yourself. Why not spend Valentine’s day with yourself and work on what you want to have achieved within the year? Then treat yourself to a nice meal and a cheeky glass of champagne?

Matching PJ's

People might think it’s a bit over the top, but they are a cute way to spend some cozy time with your partner. Why not bond over your matching onesies, which don’t have to just be for Valentine’s day.

Odd bouquet

Roses are usually the most gifted things on Valentine’s day, but people are taking the classic gift and putting their own spin on it. Keep scrolling to see what people are making.

That's one way to a girl's heart.

There has been an uprising of people giving bouquets of chicken nuggets to their loved ones.

Well, it's original.

Nearly all of the Instagram pictures show nuggets on sticks, some accompanied by fries, and some with chocolates included in the bouquet too.

It's a nice gender-neutral gift.

Who’s to say guys can’t enjoy a bouquet of roses, or a nice box of chocolates. However, if your guy loves his meat, Manly Man Company offers half-pound rose and daisy bouquets made of beef jerky.

Things have got weird.

I think I might just stay in by myself with Disney plus and eat copious amounts of ice cream. Anything’s better than a bouquet of beef jerky.

We should all know by now that regular, thorough hand washing is important.

Although, I would have hoped you were doing that anyway.

Viral challenges once included eating Tide pods.

And balancing brooms upright. Thankfully, internet challenges during this crazy time are slightly different.  

And a lot safer.

Thanks to the insistence of the World Health Organization, WHO, it’s all about handwashing.

Participants demonstrate proper handwashing techniques.

Director-General of the WHO, Tedros Adhan Ghebreyesus, called on people to use their social media platforms to promote “regular, safe, and effective hand hygiene.”

Celebrities everywhere have used this to teach us their techniques.

And although this is a positive challenge to be a part of, we want something more.

Something more... fury?

And that’s exactly what we got. Scroll down to watch the adorable videos…

They're going viral.

I feel confused, but well educated. People are sharing the videos of animals washing their hands… or front paws, in a bid to encourage others to do the same.

I mean, who would you rather take advice from?

Selena Gomez giving out her handwashing tips, or an Orangutan scrubbing in a bucket? You don’t need to answer, we all know who it is. The adorable video is coming up soon…

We just can't get enough of these little guys.

A video uploaded by Indian Forest Service officer, Parveen Kaswan, has been widely shared.

Kaswan is known for sharing videos of the animals to promote important messages.

He used a clip of a raccoon to underline the seriousness of washing hands, with the caption: “keep washing your hands. At least for 25 seconds, demo will be shown by this small guy. Ashley Raine.”  

I'm unsure whether the raccoon was called Ashley Raine, but I sure hope she was.

Health agencies have stressed the importance of hygiene recently, a video of a doctor washing her hands multiple times while removing layer after layer of her protective gear has also gone viral on social media.

Pet owners are even getting their little companions to join in.

And I have to say, some of them are doing far better than the humans I’ve seen.

Not every animal is impressed.

But every little helps.

Sometimes the advice can get a little confusing.

But as long as those toe beans are clean, does it really matter?

The advice is clearly sinking in.

And one primate, in particular, has gone viral for the technique she learnt from her keepers.

A clip of Sandra, the thirty-four-year-old orangutan has gone viral.

The accompanying caption to the video shared on Facebook, said: “she started washing her hands because she saw all the zookeepers doing it repeatedly during the crisis”

Sandra lives at the Center for Great Apes.

On their Facebook page, they mentioned: “Sandra has daily pools of water and really likes to wash things — her toys, her surroundings, and her hands! Sandra loves to clean up!” We could all learn a thing or two from Sandra. Keep scrolling to see how this incredibly annoying song has actually been useful…
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