Valentine’s Day is a holiday full of sweets and sweethearts! Regardless of how young or old you are, there is still the excitement of exchanging Valentine’s with the ones you love. And while this may seem like a holiday full of candy and flowers, there is a lot more you may not know about this special day. Valentine’s Day facts are a fun way to enjoy this holiday and learn more about it in the process!
Take a peek at these Valentine’s Day facts and learn a little more about this fun day! You might already know some of them, while some might surprise you!
1. Mother’s day and Valentine’s day are the two biggest occasions on which flowers are given.
2. Every year around 1 billion Valentine cards are sent. After Christmas it’s a single largest seasonal card-sending occasion.
3. Teachers receive the most Valentine’s Day cards, followed by children, mothers, wives, and then, sweethearts.
4. Children between ages 6 to 10 exchange more than 650 million Valentine’s cards with teachers, classmates, and family members.
5. Of the 73% of people who buy Valentine’s Day flowers are men, while only 27 percent are women.
6. A single perfect red rose framed with baby’s breath is named by some florists as a “signature rose,” and is the preferred choice for most for giving on Valentine’s Day, anniversaries and birthdays.
7. The red rose was the favorite flower of Venus, the Roman goddess of love. The color red stands for strong romantic feelings making the red rose the flower of love.
8. Cupid is a symbol of Valentine’s Day. Cupid was associated with Valentine’s Day because he was the son of Venus, the Roman god of love and beauty.
9. Cupid often appears on Valentine cards and gift tokens holding a bow and arrows as he is believed to use magical arrows to arouse feelings of love.
10. In America, the pilgrims used to send sugar wafers, marzipan, sweetmeats and sugar plums, to their sweethearts.
11. Amongst the earliest Valentine’s Day gifts were candies. The most common were chocolates in heart shaped boxes.
12. The heart is associated to Valentine’s Day as it is considered the source of all human emotion
13. In olden times some people used to believe that if a woman saw a robin flying overhead on the Valentine’s Day, it meant she would marry a sailor. If she saw a sparrow, she would marry a poor man and be very happy. If she saw a goldfinch, she would marry a millionaire.
14. A love knot is a symbol of undying love, as its twisting loops have no beginnings or ends. In olden times, they were made of ribbon or drawn on paper to prove ones eternal love.
15. The Valentine’s Day chocolate boxes were introduced in 1868 by Richard Cadbury.
17. Some popular symbols of love used to express the feelings are cupid, arrows, doves, love birds, roses, and hearts.
18. The girls during Medieval times, used to eat strange food items, as it was believed that by doing so, they would dream of their future spouse or lover.
19. Love birds are a symbol of love because they traditionally nuzzle close together.
20. Over the years, conversation hearts have evolved with times and include memos like “Text Me.”
How many of these facts did you already know? How many are new to you? These are fun to share with family and friends as the holiday for sweethearts approaches!