Valentine’s day is celebrated every year. But do you know where Valentine’s day came from? How it became so popular? Was it always about love and good feelings?
There are two theories about the origin of Valentine’s Day. According to History.com one is that the day derives from Lupercalia, a raucous Roman festival on February 15th where men stripped naked and spanked young maidens in the hopes of upping their fertility.
The second theory is that while the Roman Emperor Claudius II was trying to bolster his army, he forbade young men to marry, because apparently single men make better soldiers. In the spirit of love, St. Valentine defied the ban and performed secret marriages. For his disobedience, Valentine was executed on February 14th.
Some interesting facts about Valentine’s Day
Cupids bow and arrow are not just for show – in Roman mythology, Cupid is the son of Venus, the goddess of love and beauty and is often depicted with a bow and arrows to pierce hearts and cast a spell of love.
Roses are the flowers of love – the favorite flower of Venus, the goddess of love was the red rose. The bud stands for strong romantic feelings making the red rose the most popular Valentine’s Day flower. Nearly 189 million stems of roses are sold in the U.S on Valentine’s Day.
The number of roses you give on Valentine’s Day also has meaning. One rose is good for a whirlwind romance. Giving two means you’re trying to apologize. A bouquet of 12 is reserved for marriage proposals, and 36 is to profess true love. And, if your wallet can handle it, 101 roses signifies the craziest love of all
The symbol of the ribbon, which often adorns modern-day Valentines, is rooted in the Middle Ages. When knights competed in tournaments, their sweethearts often gave them ribbons for good luck.
Americans spend a lot on love. According to the National Retail Federation , Americans spent $18.2 billion for Valentine’s Day in 2017.
Richard Cadbury produced the first box of chocolates for Valentine’s Day in the late 1800s. Men and women prefer chocolate over flowers. More than 36 million – heart-shaped boxes of candy are sold each year. That is over 58 million pounds of chocolate!
Necco Sweethearts – conversation hearts were invented in 1866, with more than 8 billon conversation hears manufactured each year. Each box has approximately 45 sayings with about 10 new sayings added each year.
Approximately one billion Valentine cards are sent each year around the world. Teachers receive the most Valentine’s cards, followed by children, mothers, and wives. Children between the ages of 6-10 exchange more than 650 million Valentine cards a year.
The average number of wedding proposals taking place on Valentine’s Day is 220,000 and it is 10% of the total marriage proposals taking place in a year.
The condom company Durex reports that condom sales are 20-30% higher around Valentine’s Day, with more at -home pregnancy tests sold in March than any other month.
On Valentine’s Day, American consumers collectively spend over $681 million on their pets.
In America, Valentine’s Day is the second busiest day of the year for restaurants.
Popular Valentine Day movies are Titanic, Ghost, The Notebook, P.S. I love You, and the Bridges of Madison County.
A survey shows that one out of every 10 single people feel lonelier, depressed and more insecure on Valentine’s Day.