17 things you did not know about Valentine's Day
1. This holiday is the second largest event after Christmas in card sales
2. 53% of women dump their boyfriends for not getting them a present on Valentine’s Day
3. 141 million Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged worldwide
4. 9 million pet owners buy gifts for their pets on Valentine’s Day
5. 198 million red roses were sold in the USA alone for Valentine’s Day last year
6. Richard Cadbury produced the first chocolate box for Valentine’s Day in 1868
7. 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
8. The ancient Romans used to celebrate the feast of Lupercalia on 14th February in honor of Juno, who was the Queen of Roman God and Goddesses
10. 36 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate are sold for Valentine's Day each year
11. Women purchase 85% of all valentines
12. 73% of people who buy flowers for Valentine's Day are men, while only 27 percent are women
13. The Italian city of Verona, where Shakespeare's lovers Romeo and Juliet lived, receives about 1,000 letters addressed to Juliet every Valentine's Day
14. Alexander Graham Bell applied for his patent on the telephone, an "Improvement in Telegraphy", on Valentine's Day, 1876
15. The origin of Valentine's Day dates back to the Roman Empire and the reign of Claudius II, 270 A.D. Claudius didn't want men to marry during wars because he felt single men made better soldiers. Bishop Valentine went against his wishes and performed secret wedding ceremonies. For this, Valentine was jailed and then executed by order of the Emperor on 14th Febraury. While in jail, he wrote a love note to the jailor's daughter, signed, "From your Valentine".
16. Valentine's Day is celebrated in Canada, Mexico, United Kingdom, France, Australia, Denmark and Italy
17. 220,000 is the average number of wedding proposals on Valentine's Day each year. If you propose this 14th February, have a look at our Castle Wedding Venue!
16. In 1537, England's King Henry VII officially declared Feb. 14 the holiday of St. Valentine's Day
17. 15 percent of U.S. women send themselves flowers on Valentine's Day.