25 Interesting And Unique Facts About Valentine's Day

From Your Valentine

From Your Valentine

It's hard to know anything for 100% certain, but most people believe that the concept began after Emperor Claudius II banned anybody from getting married during a time of war. Bishop Valentine wed people against the ruler's orders and was jailed. Before he was executed, he wrote a letter to the jailor's daughter, closing with, "from your Valentine".

Don't Sign

Don't Sign

During the Victorian era, people thought it bad luck to put a signature on a Valentine's card.



V-Day Pets

V-Day Pets

Retail statistics in the United States suggest that around 3 out of every 100 pet owners will give a Valentine's Day gift to their pet.

That's A Lot Of Cards

That's A Lot Of Cards

Of course, it can't quite compete with Christmas, however, the time of the year where the second most cards are sent is Valentine's Day. Believe or not, around 1 billion cards change hands.



SAD

SAD

Not only is the 14th of February Valentine's Day. It's also Single Awareness Day (yeah, SAD). So, no need to feel too down if you're alone. You're not the only one.

What Is SAD Exactly?

What Is SAD Exactly?

The concept is pretty simple. Single Awareness Day is to remind you (the single person) that it's okay to celebrate your freedom, or perhaps commiserate being alone. We have no idea why they chose the 14th of February...



Ystävänpäivä

Ystävänpäivä

Ystävänpäivä might look like a very confusing word (and it probably is unless you happen to be Finnish) but the concept is much simpler. It translates to "Friends Day". Yeah, for some reason the Finns need a day to remember their buddies and it also happens to be on the 14th of February...

XXX

XXX

We know that the letter "x" has come to be used to mean "kiss" but how did this come to be?

It's thought that, as many people during Medieval times were illiterate, they would sign their names with "x". From there, it was taken to mean a sign of sincerity and so eventually adopted as a kiss.



Strange Food, Strange Dreams

Strange Food, Strange Dreams

Still in Medieval times, young women took to the unusual practice of eating strange food combinations which they thought would result in them dreaming about the man they would eventually marry. Hey, I've heard of weirder ideas that still happen today!

Wear Your Heart On Your Sleeve

Wear Your Heart On Your Sleeve

We're going to stay with Medieval times for the time being because there's too much good stuff in the Middle Ages where Valentine's Day is concerned.

Young men and women would pick a name from a bowl and the name they drew would be their Valentine. For some reason, they then had to wear this name pinned to their shirt for all to see for one week. Hence the saying, "wear your heart on your sleeve".



Feb. 14

Feb. 14

The date was made an official holiday of St. Valentine in 1537 by King Henry VII.

Chocolate Is The Cure

Chocolate Is The Cure

During the 1800s, doctors would prescribe chocolate to those affected by losing love. Seriously.



Glass and a Half

Glass and a Half

The first box of Valentine's Day chocolates was produced by none other than Richard Cadbury back in the late 1800s.

Heart-Shaped

Heart-Shaped

Around 35 million chocolates in the shape of a love heart are sold for Valentine's Day each year.



Who's Buying The Flowers?

Who's Buying The Flowers?

Around three quarters of all the flowers sold for Valentine's Day are bought by dudes.

Awkward...

Awkward...

At no point will anyone use the word "pathetic". We're just going to give you this fact and leave it out there...

Sales and surveys suggest that around 15% of women in the United States send themselves flowers fro Valentine's Day.



Big Business

Big Business

In the United States alone, more than one billion dollars (the amount pictured in cash) is spent on Valentine's Day chocolate.

A Bit Lazy, But It Makes Sense...

A Bit Lazy, But It Makes Sense...

More than half of all Valentine's Day cards are bought during the week leading up to the date.



Flower Of Venus

Flower Of Venus

Why the red rose? Simple. It is said to be the favorite flower of the Roman goddess of Love; Venus.

Seeing Red

Seeing Red

But why is it thought to be the flower that Venus likes? Perhaps it's because red is the color which has forever been associated with strong feelings of love.



Millions Of Roses

Millions Of Roses

This year, it's thought that about 200 million stems of roses will be bought for Valentine's Day.

Women Go Shopping

Women Go Shopping

So, it's the men who are buying three quarters of the roses, but in terms of actual gift buying for Valentine's Day, women are said to make a whopping 85% of all purchases.



This Could Get Weird

This Could Get Weird

The people who receive the most Valentine's Day gifts each and every year are teachers.

White Day

White Day

In Japan, guys don't do anything on Valentine's Day except receive. But it's not just boyfriends and husbands. There's two types of V-Day chocolate; “Giri-choco” (obligation chocolate) and “honmei-choco”. The first is for men in a lady's life from the boss at work to close male friends. The second is the love kind.

One month later, on the 14th of March, is White Day. Then, it's the man's turn to give back what he received, either the same amount or often it's expected that he will return gifts up to three times the value of what he was given.

Yes, the confectionery companies were behind the origins of this.



Marry Me

Marry Me

The average number of wedding proposals on Valentine's Day is higher than on any other day of the year.

We saw that one coming...