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 10 interesting facts you didn’t know about Valentine’s Day.

  1. 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.
  2. 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“.
  3. About 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged each year. This makes it the second-largest seasonal card sending time of the year.
  4. 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.
  5. In 1537, England’s King Henry VII officially declared February 14th the holiday of St. Valentine’s Day.
  6. 73% of people who buy flowers on this day are men, while only 27% are women.
  7. Red roses are considered the flower of love because the color red stands for strong romantic feelings.
  8. Women purchase approximately 85% of all gifts on this holiday.
  9. Teachers will receive the most Valentine’s Day cards, followed by children, mothers, wives, sweethearts, and pets.
  10. 220,000 is the average number of wedding proposals on Valentine’s Day each year.

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Ubong Effiong also known as Pendusky is a Customer Experience Management Personnel with Sterling Bank Plc.