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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.
220,000 is the average number of wedding proposals on Valentine’s Day each year.
Women purchase approximately 85% of all Valentine’s Day gifts.
189 million stems of roses are sold in the U.S. on Valentine’s Day.
The red rose was the favorite flower of Venus, the Roman goddess of love.
Over $1 billion worth of chocolate is purchased for Valentine’s Day in the U.S.
15% of U.S. women send themselves flowers on Valentine’s Day.
73% of people who buy flowers for Valentine’s Day are men, while only 27% are women.
More than 35 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate will be sold for Valentine’s Day.
Richard Cadbury produced the first box of chocolates for Valentine’s Day in the late 1800s.
In 1537, England’s King Henry VII officially declared Feb. 14 the holiday of St. Valentine’s Day.
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.”
Girls of medieval times ate bizarre foods on St. Valentine’s Day to make them dream of their future spouse.
Many believe the X symbol became synonymous with the kiss in medieval times. People who couldn’t write their names signed in front of a witness with an X. The X was then kissed to show their sincerity.
Meant as an alternative to Valentine’s Day, the holiday is for single people to celebrate or to commiserate in their single status.
About 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged each year. This makes it the second largest seasonal card sending time of the year.
Based on retail statistics, about 3% of pet owners will give Valentine’s Day gifts to their pets.
- 16% of all Germans still believe that Valentine’s Day is an invention of the flower industry
- only 36% of all Germans give their loved ones a gift
- the most popular Valentines gift is chocolate
- Germans consider cigarettes, socks and cactuses as some of the worst Valentine’s gifts
- the most romantic Germans are the Bavarians – 54% of them celebrate it every year
- under half of the population spend money on their Valentines and around £1.3 billion is spent yearly on cards, flowers, chocolates and other gifts, with an estimated 25 million cards being sent
Valentine’s gifts to Italy
- Italians celebrate Valentine’s Day with gift exchanges between lovers and romantic dinners
- One of the most popular Valentine’s Day gifts in Italy is Baci Perugina
Valentine’s gifts to Belgium
- Valentine’s Day in Belgium is celebrated much the same way as in the US, lots of candy and cards and gifts are given to the loves and crushes of your life. One difference is that there may not be as much giving gifts to friends as in the US
Valentine’s gifts to Austria
- Austria is famous for the dance to waltz and hotels offer three nights from Valentine’s Day in Vienna with a fairytale ball thrown in
- Austrian women give chocolate candies as Valentine’s gifts
- In Finland Valentine's Day is called ystävänpäivä which translates into "Friend's Day", this day is more about remembering friends, not significant others
- in Estonia Valentine's Day is called sõbrapäev, which has the same meaning
- In Denmark and Norway, it is not celebrated to a large extent, but is largely imported from American culture, and some people take time to eat a romantic dinner with their partner, to send a card to a secret love or give a red rose to their loved one