Valentine’s Day Facts

The most popular theory about Valentine’s Day origin is that Emperor Claudius II didn’t want Roman men to marry during wartime. Bishop Valentine went against his wishes and performed secret weddings. For this, Valentine was jailed and executed. While in jail he wrote a note to the jailor’s daughter signing it “from your Valentine”.

valentine's day facts

valentine’s day facts

In medieval times girls ate bizarre foods as they believed that this would enable them to meet their future spouse in their dreams on this day.

In Victorian times it was considered bad luck to sign a Valentine’s Day card.

About 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged each year. This makes it the second largest seasonal card sending time of the year.

valentine's day facts

valentine’s day facts

Valentine’s Day has been claimed to be, “Number 1 holiday for florists”. This one particular day brings in business of worth $14.7 billion that is similar to the GDP of Iceland.

Based on retail statistics, about 3 per cent of pet owners will give Valentine’s Day gifts to their pets.

Interesting for those who have pets, well 9 million people that is 3% of the pet owners prefer celebrating Valentine’s Day with their pets and get them gifts. The reason is that most pet owners consider animals to be more grateful and loyal than humans.

Each year 189million flowers are sold in U.S. on Valentine’s Day out of which approximately 110 million are red. So from where do all those flowers come? 60% of American roses are produced in California but on Valentine’s Day 90% flowers are imported from Columbia and Ecuador.

People who buy flowers on this day are 73 % men and only 27 % women. Out of this minimal number of 27% there are 15% of women who buy flowers only for themselves in U.S. A number of women also buy flowers for their mothers and daughters on Valentine’s Day.

If you’re single don’t despair. You can celebrate Singles Awareness Day (SAD) instead.

valentine's day facts

valentine’s day facts

In late 1800s the first box of chocolate was introduced by Richard Cadbury exclusively for Valentine’s Day. Each year more than 35 million heart shaped chocolate boxes are sold particularly for this day out of which chocolate worth $1billion are purchased in the U.S. alone.

Meant as an alternative to Valentine’s Day, the holiday is for single people to celebrate or to commiserate in their single status.

The average number of wedding proposals taking place on Valentine’s Day is 220,000 and it is 10% of the total marriage proposals taking place in a year. This means if you were in Scottsdale, Arizona everyone would be making a proposal.

Or you could pop over to Finland where Valentine’s Day is called Ystävänpäivä, which translates into “Friend’s day”. It’s more about remembering your buddies than your loved ones.

Many believe the X symbol became synonymous with the kiss in medieval times. People who couldn’t write their names signed in front of a witness with an X. The X was then kissed to show their sincerity.

In Bangkok a bunch of dozen roses are sold at the rate of $487 and for one Rose $45 is charged. In Hong Kong it is for $205, in Singapore $148, in London, UK $96, in Africa $90 and in U.S. $ 75 would be charged for a bunch. So all of those who consider Roses to be cheap should think again because they are certainly not on Valentine’s Day.

Interesting Facts About Valentine’s Day

Each color of rose sent on Valentine’s day have some meaning e.g. red rose means love and respect, pink says, “I am having sweet thoughts about you” and white rose stands for purity and states, “I am worthy of you”. Also the number of roses also counts for instance, 1 stands for love at first sight, 12 is to say, “I love you”, 108 recommended for marriage proposals and 999 means “we’ll always be together.”

Hence in the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names from a bowl to see who would be their Valentine. They would wear this name pinned onto their sleeves for one week for everyone to see. This was the origin of the expression “to wear your heart on your sleeve.”

Approximately 8 billion candy hearts are manufactured each year for Valentine’s Day; this means there are enough candies to be stretched 20 times from Italy to Arizona back and forth.

Since In 1537, England’s King Henry VII officially declared Feb. 14 the holiday of St. Valentine’s Day.

Richard Cadbury produced the first box of chocolates for Valentine’s Day in the late 1800s.

More than 35 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate will be sold for Valentine’s Day.

73 percent of people who buy flowers for Valentine’s Day are men, while only 27 percent are women.

Over $1 billion worth of chocolate is purchased for Valentine’s Day in the U.S.

Over 50 percent of all Valentine’s Day cards are purchased in the six days prior to the holiday, making Valentine’s Day a procrastinator’s delight.

valentine’s day facts

valentine's day facts

valentine’s day facts

The red rose was the favorite flower of Venus, the Roman goddess of love.

Red roses are considered the flower of love because the color red stands for strong romantic feelings.

15 percent of U.S. women send themselves flowers on Valentine’s Day.

 

valentine's day facts

valentine’s day facts

189 million stems of roses are sold in the U.S. on Valentine’s Day.

220,000 is the average number of wedding proposals on Valentine’s Day each year.

Every Valentine’s Day, the Italian city of Verona, where Shakespeare’s lovers Romeo and Juliet lived, receives about 1,000 letters addressed to Juliet.

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