Valentine’s Day Interesting Facts
1-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.
2-220,000 is the average number of wedding proposals on Valentine’s Day each year.
3-Teachers will receive the most Valentine’s Day cards, followed by children, mothers, wives, sweethearts and pets.
4-Women purchase approximately 85 percent of all valentines day gifts.
5-189 million stems of roses have sold in the U.S. on Valentine’s Day.
6-Red roses are considered as the flower of love because the color red stands for strong romantic feelings.
7-The red rose was the favorite flower of Venus, the Roman goddess of love.
8-Over 50 percent of all Valentine’s Day cards are purchased in the six days before the holiday, making Valentine’s Day a procrastinator’s delight.
9-Over $1 billion worth of chocolate has purchased for Valentine’s Day in the U.S.
10-15 percent of U.S. women send themselves flowers on Valentine’s Day.
11-73 percent of people who buy flowers for Valentine’s Day are men, while only 27 percent are female.
12-More than 35 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate are sold on Valentine’s Day.
13-Richard Cadbury produced the first box of chocolates for Valentine’s Day in the late 1800s.
14-Physicians of the 1800s commonly advised their patients to eat chocolate to calm their pining for lost love.
15-In 1537, England’s King Henry VII officially declared Feb. 14 the holiday of St. Valentine’s Day.
16-In the Middle Ages, young men, and young women drew names from a bowl to see who would be their Valentine partner. They would wear this name fasten onto their sleeves for one week for everyone to see. This is the origin of the explanation “to wear your heart on your sleeve.”
17-Girls of medieval times ate bizarre foods on St. Valentine’s Day to make them dream of their future spouse.
18-Many people believe that X symbol became synonymous with the kiss in medieval times. People who could not write their names autograph in front of an observer with an X. The X was then kissed to show their sincerity.
19-Or you could pop over to Finland where Valentine’s Day is called Ystävänpäivä, which translates into “Friend’s day.” It is more about remembering your buddies than your loved ones.
20-Meant as an alternative to Valentine’s Day, the holiday is for single people to celebrate or to commiserate in their single status.
21-If you are single then don not despair. You can celebrate Singles Awareness Day (SAD) instead of Valentine’s Day.
22-About 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged each year on Valentine’s Day. This makes it the second largest seasonal card-sending time of the year.
23-Based on local statistics, about 3 percent of pet owners will give Valentine’s Day gifts to their pets.
24-In Victorian times it was considered bad luck to sign a Valentine’s Day card.
25-The most popular theory about Valentine’s Day origin is that Emperor Claudius II did not 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 prison, he wrote a note to the jailor’s daughter signing it “from your Valentine.”