Valentine’s Day…February 14th…the universal day for celebrating the one you love, your heart, your lover and your friend. But where did it all begin…Although the name is Saint Valentine's Day, most people refer to the day as Valentine's Day or even the Feast of Saint Valentine. It was originally a day to celebrate Saint Valentinus, who performed weddings for soldiers who were not allowed to marry.Interesting facts:
- Based on retail statistics, about 3 percent of pet owners will give gifts to their pets on this day.
- About 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged each year. This makes it the second largest seasonal card-sending time of the year
- If you’re single don’t despair. You can celebrate Singles Awareness Day (SAD) instead.
- In 1537, England's King Henry VII officially declared Feb. 14 the holiday of St. Valentine's Day.
- Richard Cadbury produced the first box of chocolates for this holiday in the late 1800s.
- 15 percent of U.S. women send themselves flowers on Valentine's Day.
- The red rose was the favorite flower of Venus, the Roman goddess of love.
- Red roses are considered the flower of love because the color red stands for strong romantic feelings.
- 189 million stems of roses are sold in the U.S. on this day.
- 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.
Valentine’s Day Quote
There's a long life ahead of you and it's going to be beautiful, as long as you keep loving and hugging each other. Yoko Ono