Valentine’s Day, also called Saint Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, is celebrated annually on February 14 which was fixed by the western churches. It is a time to show love and affection.
Here are some facts about Valentine’s Day you need to know:
Saint Valentine wasn’t just one person.
In fact, he might have been two or three. But the most common “founder” of Valentine’s Day was the Saint Valentine who defied Emperor Claudius II. At the time, Claudius had banned marriage because he thought it distracted young soldiers. Valentine felt a bit differently — he illegally married couples until he was caught. After he was sentenced to his death, young couples would visit his cell and give him flowers and cards. And the day he actually died? February 14. Allegedly.
The most popular gift on Valentine’s Day is flowers.
We all know how much ladies love flowers followed by chocolate and then jewelry. Red roses are considered the flower of love because the color red stands for strong romantic feelings. Americans send more than 220 million roses each year.
Valentine’s Day is the most popular day for marriage proposals
220,000 is the average number of wedding proposals on Valentine’s Day each year and as many as six million couples will get engaged on February 14. (February is the second most popular month after December for proposals.)
Apparently, condom sales rise in February.
Am quite sure you’re not surprised by this one. Sales are almost 20% to 30% higher around Valentine’s Day. And maybe not so surprisingly, more at-home pregnancy tests are sold in March than any other month. So we should expect more November babies.
The first heart-shaped box of chocolates was introduced in 1868.
Today, more than 36 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolates are sold each year. That’s 58 million pounds of chocolate
It’s celebrated differently around the world.
Many Latin American countries know the holiday as el día de los enamorados (day of lovers) or día del amor y la amistad (day of love and friendship.)
In Japan, it’s customary for just the women to give confections to the men in their lives, with the quality of the chocolate indicating their true feelings, according to Fortune. On March 14, the men repay the favor by celebrating the increasingly popular “White Day.”
Happy Valentine’s Day!! Keep showing love.