Valentine’s
Day is celebrated every year. But do you know where Valentine’s Day came from?
How it became so popular? Was it always about love and good feelings? From its
bloody origins to its sweet, chocolaty modern day traditions, these are
interesting facts you didn’t know about Valentine’s Day.
      
I.           
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.
   
II.           
The most popular theory
about Valentine’s Day’s 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”.
 III.           
About 1 billion
Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged each year. This makes it the second largest
seasonal card sending time of the year
 IV.           
If you’re single don’t
despair. You can celebrate Singles Awareness Day (SAD) instead or you could pop
over to Finland where Valentine’s Day is called Ystävänpäivä, which translates
into “Friend’s day”. It’s more about remembering your buddies than your loved
ones.
   
V.           
In 1537, England’s King
Henry VII officially declared Feb. 14 the holiday of St. Valentine’s Day.
 VI.           
73% of people who buy
flowers on this day are men, while only 27 percent are women.
VII.           
Red roses are considered
the flower of love because the color red stands for strong romantic feelings.
VIII.           
Women purchase
approximately 85% of all gifts on this holiday.
 IX.           
Teachers will receive
the most Valentine’s Day cards, followed by children, mothers, wives,
sweethearts and pets.
   
X.           
220,000 is the average
number of wedding proposals on Valentine’s Day each year.
Which of these is the most intriguing? Please leave your comments with the hashtag #FactsWithPendusky  
                 Ubong Effiong also known as Pendusky is a Customer Experience Management Personnel with Sterling Bank.


Oluwole Olusanya
Oluwole Olusanya is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of one of the fastest-growing lifestyle and entertainment website in the country. He is a banker, writer, blogger, public affairs analyst and a tax consultant. He anchors Trending Topics on SHEFFA where he shares his thoughts and opinions on trending issues. He is currently studying for a Master’s Degree in Business Administration at the University of South Wales, Wales, United Kingdom. He has diplomas in Banking and Finance, Investigative Journalism, Creative Writing, and Linguistics from Lagos State Polytechnic, Isolo, Lagos, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland and The Open University, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom.