Valentine’s Day is known for being a romantic holiday, but there are plenty of interesting and funny facts that you may not have heard before.
Here are 10 fun facts about Valentine’s Day that will make you smile and appreciate the holiday in a new way.
- The oldest surviving Valentine on record is a poem written by Charles, Duke of Orleans to his wife in 1415. It is now housed in the British Library in London, England.
- Every year, over one billion cards are exchanged on Valentine’s Day - making it second only to Christmas as the most popular card-giving holiday.
- The red rose was originally associated with Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love and beauty, who was often depicted surrounded by roses.
- According to statistics from Hallmark Cards, 85% of all valentines are purchased by women!
- In some countries, such as Finland and Estonia, Valentine’s Day is called Ystävänpäivä (Friend's Day). On this day people celebrate their friends rather than romantic partners!
- Nearly 3% of all pet owners buy gifts for their pets on Valentine’s Day!
- In Japan, chocolate companies make up almost 70% of all Valentine's Day sales!
- Cupid is the Roman god of desire and attraction - and he carries two sets of arrows: one gold set for those who want to be together and one lead set for those who don't!
- Over 50 million roses are produced each year for Valentine’s Day!
- In some parts of Europe, it is believed that if a woman receives an odd number of flowers she will marry within a year!
Despite its ancient origins, Valentine's Day has evolved over time into a special occasion for expressing love and appreciation for those we care about most - whether friends, family, or significant others - with thoughtful gestures such as cards and gifts exchanged between loved ones around the world every February 14th!
No matter how you celebrate it this year - with chocolates or homemade treats - we hope these fun facts help make your Valentine's Day even more special than before!