10 Interesting Facts About Valentine’s Day
Whenever February 14th rolls around, lovers everywhere take the time to show their appreciation to the important people in their lives. Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity for someone to let a person know how much he or she loves him or her. It is also the perfect time for someone who has had a crush on another individual for the longest time and just didn’t know how to showcase his or her feelings. Without a doubt, Valentine’s Day is a day we use to show our love and affection. Here are some interesting facts about the lovely holiday.
Richard Cadbury from the Cadbury chocolate family created the first Valentine’s Day box of chocolates back in 1868. He gave a heart shaped box of chocolates to his lover and the idea stuck many years later.
There’s a reason why red roses are associated with Valentine’s Day. The red rose was the favorite flower of the goddess of love, Venus.
Every Valentine’s Day, the city of Verona receives over 1,000 letters to Juliet. Verona is the Italian city where Romeo and Juliet lived.
The famous conversation hearts candies have a long shelf life. They are good to eat for up to five years.
In the U.S., nearly $280 million is spent each year on Valentine’s Day cards. This makes Valentine’s Day the second highest grossing cards-buying holiday.
It’s been noted that teachers are the biggest Valentine’s Day card recipients. They are followed by children, mothers and then wives.
Getting a kiss on Valentine’s Day is considered to bring you good luck for the remainder of the year.
Nearly $1 billion worth of chocolate is purchased every Valentine’s Day in the U.S.
Heart On Your Sleeve
At an ancient Roman festival, men would pull names to determine their Valentine. The men would wear the name on their sleeve for an entire week, hence the phrase we use today.
Back in the Victorian times, it was deemed bad luck if you signed a Valentine’s Day card.