What do you really know about this romantic holiday? There are a few definite, known things about Valentine’s Day. We know that it is a day of love, that we are to shower our loved ones in displays of affections, and we are to eat an unhealthy amount of chocolate.
Here are some interesting facts about Valentine’s Day:
- The most popular theory about Valentine’s Day 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”.
- 15 percent of U.S. women send themselves flowers on Valentine’s Day.
- Over 50 percent of all Valentine’s Day cards are purchased in the six days prior to the holiday, making Valentine’s Day a procrastinator’s delight.
- Women purchase approximately 85 percent of all Valentine’s Day gifts
- 220,000 is the average number of wedding proposals on Valentine’s Day each year.
- 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.
- In 1537, England’s King Henry VII officially declared Feb. 14 the holiday of St. Valentine’s Day
- In the 1800s doctors commonly advised their heartbroken patients to eat chocolate, claiming it would sooth their pain. To this day, many women find comfort in a box of chocolates when dealing with heartbreak
- In the U.S., 64 percent of men do not make plans in advance for a romantic Valentine’s Day with their sweethearts