11 Things You Didn’t Know About Valentine’s Day

 

Valentine’s Day is celebrated every year. But do you know how Valentine’s Day originated? How it became so popular? Was it always about love and good feelings? From its bloody origins to its sweet, chocolaty modern day traditions, these are 11 interesting facts you didn’t know about Valentine’s Day.

 

  1. The most popular theory about Valentine’s Day’s origin is that Emperor Claudius II didn’t want Roman men to marry during wartime. Bishop Valentine went against his wishes and performed secret weddings. For this, Valentine was jailed and executed. While in jail he wrote a note to the jailor’s daughter signing it “from your Valentine”.

 

  1. In 1537, England’s King Henry VII officially declared Feb. 14 the holiday of St. Valentine’s Day.

 

  1. In Victorian times it was considered bad luck to sign a Valentine’s Day card.

 

  1. Based on retail statistics, about 3 per cent of pet owners will give gifts to their pets on this day.

  1. Girls of medieval times ate bizarre foods on this day to make them dream of their future spouse.

 

  1. In the middle ages, young men and women drew names from a bowl to see who would be their Valentine. They would wear this name pinned onto their sleeves for one week for everyone to see. This was the origin of the expression “to wear your heart on your sleeve.”

 

  1. Richard Cadbury produced the first box of chocolates for this holiday in the late 1800s.

 

  1. 220,000 is the average number of wedding proposals on Valentine’s Day each year.

  1. Every Valentine’s Day, the Italian city of Verona, where Shakespeare’s lovers Romeo and Juliet lived, receives about 1,000 letters addressed to Juliet.

 

  1. Women purchase approximately 85 percent of all gifts on this holiday.

 

  1. If you’re single don’t despair. You can celebrate Singles Awareness Day (SAD) instead.

 

 

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