Valentine’s Day is celebrated on February 14 in many countries every year. There are many different theories about the origin of the day, but one of the most popular and well-known, is that of the imprisonment of Saint Valentine. During the Roman Empire under the reign of Claudius the 2nd around 270 A.D., it was a time of war. Claudius forbad men to marry during the war because he was convinced that men without commitments were better soldiers. Saint Valentine went against this order by secretly marrying couples. Unfortunately it was discovered and Saint Valentine sent to prison. Before being executed he sent a farewell letter, signing it “From your Valentine” (Wikipedia.org).
10 interesting facts:
- The oldest love poem still intact is written in a clay tablet and dates back to around 3500 B.C.
- Around 145 million valentines are sent every year in the US. That’s surpassed only by Christmas cards with 1.6 billion.
- Approximately 85 percent of all valentines are purchased by women
- Men purchase 73% of flowers on Valentine’s Day
- Teachers are the group of people receiving the most cards. Followed by children.
- Around 3% of pet owners actually buy Valentine’s Day gifts to their pets.
- The Italian city of Verona, where Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet lived, receives more than 1,000 letters addressed to Juliet.
- More than 35 million boxes of heart-shaped boxes of chocolate are sold every year on Valentine’s in the US
- Parents receive 1 out of every 5 valentines.
- 15% of women in the U.S. send flowers to themselves on Valentine’s Day.