Valentines Day has been around for a long time, and is widely considered the most romantic day of the year. Named after one of many Catholic Church declared saints, St. Valentine’s Day is celebrated in several countries throughout the world.
Here are some fun facts about Valentine’s Day that you may not have known.
Just behind Christmas, Valentine’s Day is the second highest card sending holiday. It is estimated that over 1 billion cards are sent out for Valentine’s Day. That’s a lot of love.
The most common person to receive a Valentine’s Day card is a teacher, likely because of how the holiday is celebrated in schools. Followed by children, mothers, wives (finally), and lovers.
The Italian city of Verona, the setting of William Shakespeare’s sordid story about star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet, receives about 1,000 greeting cards each year addressed to Juliet.
Though Valentine’s Day was first declared AD 498, it wasn’t declared a national holiday until 1537, when the King of England, Henry VIII, first declared it.
There’s a statistic floating around that 15 percent of women will send themselves flowers on Valentine’s Day. Though it’s probably untrue. Many American women say they’d rather receive candy anyway.
In the United States alone, it is estimated that Americans spend almost $700 million on Valentine’s Day candy. Making it fourth overall after Halloween, Christmas, and finally Easter.
About 1/4 of all Valentine’s Day cards are humorous. About 1/3 will be accompanied by a gift. And if you haven’t picked one out yet, you’re in luck: Hallmark has about 1,400 different cards to choose from.
We hope you have a Happy Valentine’s Day and celebrate it with the one that you love!
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