Valentine's Day Facts
Thursday, 11 February 2016
As it’s Valentine’s Day on Sunday, we thought we would share with you some interesting facts about Valentine’s Day.
1) In 1537, England's King Henry VII officially declared Feb. 14 the holiday of St. Valentine's Day.
2) An estimated 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are sent each year, making Valentine’s Day the second largest card-sending holiday of the year after Christmas.
3) Women purchase approximately 85 percent of all Valentine’s Day cards.
4) Richard Cadbury produced the first box of chocolates for Valentine's Day in the late 1800s.
5) More than 35 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate will be sold for Valentine's Day.
6) 73 percent of people who buy flowers for Valentine's Day are men, while only 27 percent are women.
7) 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."
8) During the Middle Ages, it was supposed that birds selected their mates during the month of February, and that’s why it became a month dedicated to love.
9) The red rose was the favorite flower of Venus, the Roman goddess of love.
10) 220,000 is the average number of wedding proposals on Valentine's Day each year.
11) 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.
12) In Victorian times it was considered bad luck to sign a Valentine’s Day card.
13) Based on retail statistics, about 3 per cent of pet owners will give Valentine’s Day gifts to their pets.
14) 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.
Happy Valentine’s Day