11 Lesser Known Facts About Valentine’s Day
Valentine's Day is all about reminding those that you love how much you care about them. We've got a few things you might not have known about Valentine's Day.
- In Ancient Rome, they did not want men to marry during war time. However, Bishop Valentine would marry couple in secrecy. He was later sentenced to death for this, and before he was executed, he left a note for his jailor's daughter signing it "from your Valentine".
- 3% of pet owners will give Valentine's Day gifts to their pets.
- Instead of celebrating Valentine's Day, you can celebrate Singles Awareness Day (SAD) instead. You can celebrate being single by getting some half-off candy day on Feb. 15th!
- In Finland, they call the holiday "Ystävänpäivä", which translates to Friend's Day, which is more about celebrating friendship.
- In medieval times, women would eat strange foods to dream about their future spouse.
- King Henry VII declared the first St. Valentine's Day on February 14th in 1537.
- 35 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate are sold for Valentine's Day.
- 189 million stems of roses are sold for Valentine's Day.
- 15% of women in the US order themselves flowers on Valentine's Day every year.
- The city of Verona in Italy receives 1,000 letters addressed to Juliet every year. Verona is where Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juilet" takes place.
- 220,000 proposals on average happen on Valentine's Day each year.