Fun Facts About Valentine’s Day

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Fun Facts about Valentine’s Day

St. Valentine’s Day falls on February 14th of each year. Although the name is Saint Valentine’s Day, most people refer to the day as Valentine’s Day or even the Feast of Saint Valentine. It was originally a day to celebrate Saint Valentinus, who performed weddings for soldiers who were not allowed to marry. He was imprisoned for this, as well as for ministering to Christians.

Saint Valentinus wrote a letter to the daughter of his jailer before he was executed. His letter was signed ‘From your Valentine’. He was buried on February 14th. Valentine’s Day was not associated with romantic love until the middle ages. By the 1700s in England, it began to resemble Valentine’s Day we know today. At this time lovers began to express their love with gifts of flowers, candy, and cards, which were called ‘valentines’.


Valentine’s Day Facts & Statistics

  • 144 millions cards are exchanged on Valentines’ Day.
  • 50% of all Valentine’s Day cards are purchased 6 days before Feb. 14.
  • In 2017, people paid an average of $48.86 for flowers on Feb. 13.
  • In 2017, shoppers spent $378 for jewelry on Valentine’s Day.
  • Candy hearts were originally medical lozenges.
  • According to the National Confectioners Association, men and women would prefer to have chocolate over flowers.
  • Carmel is the most popular flavor in chocolate boxes according to the National Confectioners Association.
  • The National Retail Federations says that 3 in 10 people DO NOT celebrate Valentine’s Day.
  • On Valentine`s Day every year, there are at least 36 million heart shape boxes of chocolates sold.
  • On average, men spend double the amount of money on Valentine`s Day gifts than women spend. The average amount a man spends is $130.
  • Approximately 15% of women send themselves flowers on Valentine`s Day.
  • At least 9 million people buy their pets a gift on Valentine`s Day.


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