The fragrant bouquets are being ordered post haste and the chocolates are already being hidden in secret hiding spots that be forgotten by the end of the week; therefore Valentine’s Day is almost here! How much do you know about Saint Valentine or the legend of how St. Valentine’s day came to be? How many heart shaped chocolate boxes are made and how many greeting cards are sold? Learn all that and so much about the most romantic day of the year!
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Legend has it…
There are all kinds of tall tales on the origin of Valentine’s Day; however the most reasonable legend dates back to the reign of Claudius II, 270AD, of the Roman Empire. Claudius preferred for men to stay single during wartime because he believed unattached men made better soldiers. As there is always a rebel, Bishop Valentine went against Claudius’ wishes and performed secret wedding ceremonies. For his crime against the Roman Empire, Valentine was jailed and then executed by order of the Emperor on February 14. While in jail, he wrote a love note to the jailer’s daughter, signing it, “From your Valentine.” That’s a pretty good legend about the origins of Valentine’s Day!
Four fun facts about Valentine’s Day cards
- 50% of all Valentine’s Day cards are purchased in the six days prior to the holiday, making Valentine’s Day a procrastinator’s delight. (And as an fyi- the Valentine’s Day cards at the dollar store are just as cute as the Valentine’s Day cards from a fancy card store)
- Women purchase approximately 85% of all valentines.
- Teachers will receive the most Valentine’s Day cards, followed by children, mothers, wives, sweethearts and pets.
- Approximately 145 million valentines are sent in the U.S. each year according to estimates by the U.S. Greeting Card Association. That’s second only to Christmas with 1.6 billion units, and is followed by Mother’s Day with 133 million units.
Five fun filled facts about Valentine’s Day Chocolates
- 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.
- Over $1 billion worth of chocolate is purchased for Valentine’s Day in the U.S.
- Casanova, well known as “The World’s Greatest Lover,” ate chocolate to make him virile.
- Physicians of the 1800s commonly advised their patients to eat chocolate to calm their pining for lost love.
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Flowers and roses and bouquets, oh my!
- 189 million stems of roses are sold in the U.S. on Valentine’s Day.
- California produces 60 percent of American roses, but the greater number sold on Valentine’s Day in the U.S. are imported, mostly from South America.
- 73 percent of people who buy flowers for Valentine’s Day are men, while only 27 percent are women.
- 15 percent of U.S. women send themselves flowers on Valentine’s Day.
- 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.
- Approximately 110 million roses, mostly red, will be sold and delivered within the three-day Valentine’s Day time period.
Extra Valentine’s Day trivia to shares with your friends and family
- 220,000 is the average number of wedding proposals on Valentine’s Day each year.
- In the U.S., 64 percent of men do not make plans in advance for a romantic Valentine’s Day with their sweethearts.
- A love knot is a symbol of undying love, as its twisting loops have no beginning and no end. In the past, they were made of ribbon or drawn on paper to prove one’s eternal love.
- 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.
- About 3 percent of pet owners will give Valentine’s Day gifts to their pets.
- 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.
36 Family Friendly Valentine’s Day trivia questions and answers
- Girls of medieval times ate bizarre foods on St. Valentine’s Day to make them dream of their future spouse.
- 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.”
- In 1537, England’s King Henry VII officially declared Feb. 14 the holiday of St. Valentine’s Day.
- In addition to the U.S., Valentine’s Day is celebrated in Canada, Mexico, United Kingdom, France, Australia, Denmark and Italy.
- The most fantastic gift of love is the Taj Mahal in India. It was built by Mughal Emperor Shahjahan as a memorial to his wife.