Interesting Facts of Valentine’s Day
This Valentines would be my ninth one and needless to say, I am literally on my toes preparing for the big day as I plan to propose to him for marriage (shhh...). Though I am more towards the practical side of things, my bae is totally into the movie-like idea of romance, right from greeting cards to sea shores and heart-shaped chocolates to red rose. Yes, he is!
And while I was jotting the plan keeping in mind his choices, I was fascinated about this concept of Valentines and red roses and heart shaped chocolates. I mean...I could have used orchid or may be hexagon shaped chocolates. But no!
Intrigued by the whole idea, I took no time to take help from our mighty Google and guess what...I was flabbergasted by the Valentine’s Day facts I read. And that includes a lot more than February 14th being celebrated in remembrance of Saint Valentinus who was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers who were not allowed to marry.
Appalled by the findings, I thought Valentine’s day facts would be a nice read for all the couples and singles out there. Because love it or hate it, you can’t ignore Valentine's Day and chances are you have a thing or two to learn about love. Read on for surprising facts and unexpected info about this day of love and lovers...
A sneak peek into history
Imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers who were not allowed to marry, Saint Valentinus wrote a letter to the daughter of his jailer before he was executed. His letter was signed ‘From your Valentine' and he was buried on this very day (February 14th). Valentine's Day was not associated with romance and love until England began to resemble the day with what we know today.
Shopping is at its peak
On average, men spend double the amount of money on Valentine`s Day gifts than women. The average amount a man spends is $130.
Of chocolates and candy
As estimated 36 million heart shape boxes of chocolates are sold on every Valentine's Day. And the credit of bringing the first Valentine's Day candy box to life goes to Richard Cadbury who in the late 19th century propagated chocolates as a synonymous With Valentine’s Day Gifts. And now Chocolate and Valentine’s Day go together like sugar and cake.
Roses are red
There are approximately 50 million roses given on Valentine`s Day around the world which means almost the population of South Korea. The red rose was the favorite flower of Venus, the Roman goddess of love.
Another interesting fact was that just 27 percent women buy flowers on Valentine`s Day, purchase approximately 85 percent of all valentine’s day gifts. Thus women care for plants.
After Christmas, V-Day is the second most popular day of the year for sending cards wherein women rule the rooster by buying approximately 85 percent of all the Valentine`s Day cards sold. However, there are approximately 1 billion Valentine`s Day cards exchanged every year in the US alone and simplified, this means that on average every person in the US buys at least three cards.
A love letter to Juliet
O Romeo Romeo, wherefore art thou! Romeo and Juliet, the young lovers in Shakespeare`s play, are the heroes of all the lovers. Every Valentine`s Day, the city of Verona in Italy is overwhelmed by approximately 1,000 letters addressed to Juliet. This is the city where the young lovers lived.
Of inventions and science
Okay, Valentine`s Day is not just about love and romance. The day also stands tall in history for a plethora of inventions and events. It was this day in 1876, when Alexander Graham Bell applied for his telephone patent. Also, Penicillin was introduced on this day in 1929.
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