Interesting Facts About Valentine’s Day
Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! Here are some things you may not have known about Valentines’s Day:
Where does it come from?
The story of Bishop Valentine
While the true origins of Valentine’s Day are unknown, history’s best guess makes it hard for us to justify celebrating the day. Valentine’s Day was most likely the day that Valentine was murdered.
Our hero, Bishop Valentine, lived back in the time of the Roman Empire, during the rain of Claudius II (270 A.D.). Claudius believed that marriage weakened the hearts of his army men. Single men, in his opinion, made better warriors. Bishop Valentine, against the wishes of Claudius, performed secret wedding ceremonies to unite the lovers’ hearts. He was jailed and executed on – you guessed it – Feb. 14. While in jail, he wrote a letter to the jailor’s daughter, signing it “From your Valentine.”
Hardly an occasion to celebrate, isn’t it?
Valentine’s Day Facts You Couldn’t Make Up
Did you know that 73 percent of the flowers purchased on Valentine’s day are bought by men, and only 27 percent are bought by women?
It doesn’t stop there. Add to that the fact that 15 percent of them women in the United States send themselves flowers on Valentine’s Day. So, really, do men get any flowers here?
189 million stems of roses are sold in the United States on Valentine’s day.
Valentine’s day is celebrated in US, Canada, Mexico, Denmark, Italy, France, Australia and United Kingdom. Where would you rather be on February 14th?
220,000 people (on average) propose on Valentine’s Day. Did any of your friends use Valentine’s Day as an excuse to propose?