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- Valentine’s Day is the second-most popular holiday for greeting cards, right behind Christmas.
- The red rose was the favorite flower of Venus, the Roman goddess of love.
- On Valentine’s Day, nearly 220 million stems of roses are sold in the U.S.
- The average American man spends a little over $100 on their girlfriend or wife on Valentine’s Day.
- Men spend twice as much as women on Valentine’s Day gifts.
- A kiss on Valentine’s Day is considered to bring good luck all year.
- Teachers will receive the most Valentine’s Day cards, followed by children, mothers, wives, sweethearts and pets.
- The condom company Durex reports that condom sales are 20-30% higher around Valentine’s Day.
- Based on retail statistics, about 3 per cent of pet owners will give gifts to their pets on this day.
- Richard Cadbury produced the first box of chocolates for this holiday in the late 1800s.
- Madame Royale, daughter of Henry the IV of France, loved Valentine’s Day so much that she named her palace “The Valentine.”
- In the middle Ages, people believed that the first unmarried person of the opposite sex you met on the morning of St. Valentine’s Day would become your spouse.
- 220,000 is the average number of wedding proposals on Valentine’s Day each year.
More than 35 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate will be sold on this special day.
- Valentine’s Day has been an official holiday in England since 1537, when it was declared such by King Henry VII.
- The Catholic Church struck St. Valentine’s Day from its official calendar in 1969.
- On Valentine’s Day 2010, 39,897 people in Mexico City broke the record for the world’s largest group kiss.
- Besides, flowers, chocolates, and cards, jewelry is another commonly given gift on February 14th.
- In Finland, Valentine’s Day is more of a day for friends. It is a time to get together with your friends, have a small party and enjoy each other’s company.