Valentine’s day is celebrated every year. But do you know where Valentine’s day came from? How it became so popular? Was it always about love and good feelings?
This Smart Friday learn 15 amazing facts about Valentine's day!
15. The most popular theory about Valentine's Day's 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 daugter signing it "from your Valentine".
14. Around 9 million people buy their pets a Valentine’s Day gift.
13. About 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged each year. This makes it the second largest seasonal card sending time of the year
12. 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.
11. In 1537, England's King Henry VII officially declared Feb. 14 the holiday of St. Valentine's Day.
10. Physicians of the 1800s commonly advised their patients to eat chocolate to calm their pining for lost love.
9. More than 35 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate will be sold this year.
8. 73% of people who buy flowers on this day are men, while only 27% are women.
7. 15% of U.S. women send themselves flowers on Valentine's Day.
6. 189 million stems of roses are sold in the U.S. on this day.
5. 220,000 is the average number of wedding proposals on Valentine's Day each year.
4. 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.
3. More than one-third of men are comfortable not receiving anything from a lover on Valentine’s Day.
2. The average man spends $130 USD on Valentine’s Day, while women spend about $70 USD
1. 64% of men do not make plans in advance for Valentine’s Day, so that one might be especially worth sharing!
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