International Flirting Week is celebrated in the second full week of February and this year, it takes place from February 12 to 18 Flirting is the first conscious step towards initiating romance. This week is for everyone who is in love or wants to be in love. For those of you with partners, keep the flirting limited to only your significant other. For all the singles looking for love, this is the week for you to grab every new opportunity that comes your way. If you’re single and not ready to mingle, that’s fine too. Indulge in some self-care and love yourself right this week.
History of International Flirting Week
The word ‘flirting’ originated from ‘fleurette,’ which was first used in some 16th-century poems. It is a French word that means ‘try to seduce by the dropping of flower petals.’
In the year 1797, Charles Francis Badini created the Original Fanology or Ladies’ Conversation Fan in London. The hand fan was used predominantly as a flirtation tool in Victorian England to exchange messages between interested parties. This was almost a sign language that had come into being through the use of hand fans. There were specific messages imparted by various gestures. For example, placing the fan near the heart meant ‘I love you,’ and opening the fan wide meant ‘wait for me.’ Both men and women carried these fans to balls or get-togethers and everybody understood the gestures.
John H. Young published the book “Our Deportment: Or the Manners, Conduct and Dress of the Most Refined” in 1881 to provide guidelines to young Victorian men and women on manners and etiquette during courtship. Courtship now would refer to the initial period of flirtation and getting to know each other. One of the guidelines was that “gentlemen who did not contemplate matrimony should not pay too exclusive attention to any particular lady.” It was also not considered good etiquette to show overt signs of affection.
In the 20th century during World War II, anthropologist Margaret Mead observed how flirting was happening between the American soldiers and the British women. There was a miscommunication in what each of them expected from the other due to cultural differences.
International Flirting Week timeline
‘Fleurette’ first appears in some poems, referring to attempts to seduce somebody by dropping flower petals.
Charles Francis Badini creates the Original Fanology or Ladies' Conversation Fan, which is used to exchange messages between interested men and women in Victorian England.
John H. Young publishes the book “Our Deportment: Or the Manners, Conduct and Dress of the Most Refined” to provide guidelines to young Victorian men and women on manners and etiquette during courtship.
Anthropologist Margaret Mead observes differences in flirtation patterns between the American soldiers and the British women during World War II.
International Flirting Week FAQs
What day is National Flirt Day?
National Flirt Day is celebrated on February 18 every year.
Is flirting serious?
Flirting should be harmless and fun — but if the stars align, it can lead to a serious relationship.
What can you do during International Flirting Week?
You can do a whole lot of things during this week. You can choose to actively pursue your crush, send love letters, or flirt with them through body language and gestures.
International Flirting Week Activities
Get on a dating app
Nothing celebrates International Flirting Week like creating a dating profile. Take this opportunity to put yourself out there!
Spice up your long-term relationship
If you have been with your partner for a while, take this week to reignite some of the initial butterflies. There’s always room for more romance.
Seize the week
It’s time to seize the day, or the week in this case. Open up your heart to new experiences and find out who’s waiting to meet you.
5 Fun Facts About Flirting
Being funny is attractive
Studies suggest that having a good sense of humor can improve your chances while flirting.
Find the copycat
If you find someone constantly mirroring your body language, they probably find you attractive.
Research also suggests that smiling makes you more attractive because it puts the other person at ease.
Stop staring at them
Although eye contact is a good flirtation technique, keep it to a maximum of three seconds so it doesn’t become uncomfortable.
Good talkers are attractive
Having a smooth and easy tone while speaking is considered to be very attractive and will positively influence your chances.
Why We Love International Flirting Week
It celebrates love
This is a week that helps us open our hearts and minds to new experiences. Hopefully, we’ll find love along the way — the possibilities are infinite.
It is thrilling
Flirting is exciting! You never know which encounter can lead to your happily ever after story.
Who doesn’t love some romance?
It’s time to take center stage and become the star of your own love story. Everyone deserves a shot at romance.
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