Thirteen Facts About Valentine’s Day!
1. Three percent of pet owners will give Valentine’s Day gifts to their pets.
2. One billion Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged each year.
3. In Finland, Valentine’s Day is called Ystävänpäivä, which translates into Friend’s Day.
4. The X symbol became synonymous with the kiss in medieval times. People who couldn’t write their names signed with an X, then kissed it to show their sincerity.
5. In medieval times, women ate bizarre foods on St. Valentine’s Day to make them dream of their future spouse.
6. In the Middle Ages, men and women drew names from a bowl to see who would be their Valentine, then they’d wear this name pinned onto their sleeves for everyone to see. This is where the expression “to wear your heart on your sleeve” came from.
7. England’s King Henry VII officially declared Feb. 14 as the holiday of St. Valentine’s Day in 1537.
8. Richard Cadbury produced the first box of chocolates for Valentine’s Day in the late 1800s.
9. More than 35 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate will be sold for Valentine’s Day.
10. Over $1 billion worth of chocolate is purchased for Valentine’s Day in the U.S.
11. 189 million roses are sold in the U.S. on Valentine’s Day.
12. Women purchase 85 percent of all valentines day gifts.
13. There are 220,000 wedding proposals on Valentine’s Day.