Have you ever wondered about the creation of St. Valentine’s day? Where did it all begin, when did it all start? Why do we celebrate it? Well there are answers to all these questions, though there are some disputes over who’s the first real ‘Valentine”. I suppose we could simply choose the one we like the best and go with that. Suffice to say it all started years and years ago and to truly understand it (and without me making a 2 page blog) I have supplied a link that will answer all your questions (should you be curious enough to check it out) It is most interesting, as it is a part of history I would urge you to read on.
So now that you know all there is to know about Valentine’s day (because I know you all have checked out the above link to satisfy your curious minds), here are some facts you didn’t read concerning our most loving holiday.
-In Victorian times it was considered bad luck to sign a Valentine’s Day card.
-Based on retail statistics, about 3 per cent of pet owners will give Valentine’s Day gifts to their pets.
-About 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged each year. This makes it the second largest seasonal card sending time of the year
-If you’re single don’t despair. You can celebrate Singles Awareness Day (SAD) instead.
-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 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.
-Physicians of the 1800s commonly advised their patients to eat chocolate to calm their pining for lost love.
-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.
-15 percent of U.S. women send themselves flowers on Valentine's Day.
-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.
-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.
-189 million stems of roses are sold in the U.S. on Valentine's Day.
-Women purchase approximately 85 percent of all valentines day gifts