Valentine's Day Fun Facts
1Valentine's Day is the second most popular day of the year for sending cards. Christmas is the first most popular..
2Worldwide, over 50 million roses are given for Valentine's Day each year.
3About 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged each year.
4Approximately 27 percent of those who buy flowers on Valentine's Day are women. Only 73% are men.
5The origin of Valentine’s Day is traced back to the ancient Roman celebration of Lupercalia which was held on February 15. This day honored the gods Lupercus and Faunus, as well as the legendary founders of Rome, Romulus and Remus.
6Cupid is said to be the symbol of valentines. Cupid is the son of Venus. Venus is the Roman god of love and beauty.
7The heart is associated with Valentine’s Day as it is considered the source of all human emotions.
8Red rose is a favorite flower of Venus. For this reason red rose is also the symbol of Valentine’s Day. All over the world, over 50 million roses are given for Valentine’s Day each year.
9The symbol of the ribbon, which often adorns modern-day Valentines, is rooted in the Middle Ages. When knights competed in tournaments, their sweethearts often gave them ribbons for good luck.
10Girls of medieval times ate bizarre foods on St. Valentine's Day to make them dream of their future husband.
11In order of popularity, Valentine's Day cards are given to teachers, children, mothers, wives, sweethearts and pets.
12Richard Cadbury invented the first Valentines Day candy box in the late 1800s.
13220,000 is the average number of wedding proposals on Valentine's Day each year.
14The name Valentine is derived from a Latin word meaning valor.
15California produces 60 percent of American roses, but the vast number sold on Valentine's Day in the United States are imported, mostly from South America. Approximately 110 million roses, the majority red, will be sold and delivered within a three-day time period.
16In 1537, England's King Henry VII officially declared Feb. 14 the holiday of St. Valentine's Day.
17More than 35 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate will be sold for Valentine's Day.
18Lace is often used on Valentine decorations. The word “lace” comes from the Latin laques, meaning “to snare or net,” as in to catch a person’s heart.
19On average, men spend double the amount of money on Valentine`s Day gifts than women spend. The average amount a man spends is $130.
20In Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet it is said that they lived in Verona Italy. Every year thousands of Valentine’s Day cards at sent to Verona addressed to Juliet.
2160% of America’s red roses are grown in the state of California
22At least 9 million people buy their pets a gift on Valentine`s Day.
23In the United States, 64 percent of men do not make plans in advance for a romantic Valentine's Day with their sweethearts.
24In Wales, wooden love spoons were carved and given as gifts on Valentine’s Day. Hearts, keys and keyholes were favorite Valentine decorations on the wooden spoons. These symbols meant the heart would be unlocked for love.
25In Victorian times it was considered bad luck to sign a Valentine's Day card.
26Valentine's Day and Mother's Day are the biggest holidays for giving flowers.
27One single perfect red rose framed with baby's breath is referred to by some florists as a "signature rose," and is the preferred choice for many for giving on Valentine's Day, anniversary, or birthday.
28The oldest known Valentine’s Day card is on display at the British Museum in London. It’s dates back to the 1400’s.
29By the middle of the eighteenth century, it was common for friends and lovers to exchange small tokens of affection or handwritten notes.
30Pope Gelasius declared February 14, St. Valentine’s Day around 498 A.D.