Did you know that Valentine’s day is said to originate back to the Romans?

10 Fun Facts about Valentines Day that Make the Holiday of Love Even Sweeter


#1: The Romans started Valentine’s Day

Two historical theories abound about the origin of Valentine’s Day:

The first is that the day derives from Lupercalia — a raucous Roman festival held on February 15th where men stripped naked and spanked young maidens in the hopes of upping their fertility. Naughty Romans.

The second is that when Roman Emperor Claudius II was trying to strengthen his army, he banned young men from marrying, believing single men made stronger soldiers. St. Valentine allegedly defied the cruel ban and performed secret marriages. For his disobedience, Valentine was subsequently executed on February 14 — hence “Valentine’s Day”.

Source: History.com

#2: Written Valentines have been a tradition for more than 600 years

The oldest known record of a written Valentine was a poem written by Charles Duke of Orleans to his wife when he was imprisoned in the Tower of London in 1415. So romantic — tell that to the kids when they’re passing out their Valentine’s this year in class!

Source: History.com

#3: 144 million greeting cards are purchased each year (U.S.)

OK, that’s a LOT of greeting cards, and sore hands writing them all! Will you be mine?

Source: Hallmark

#4: Red & Pink are the colors of LOOOOVE

65% of American’s believe that the packaging on Valentine’s candies should be red or pink. We kind of feel sorry for yellow, orange, green, blue and purple.

Source: National Confectioners Association

#5: Shoot that poison arrow to my heart, heart, heart

Ancient Roman mythology (and Encyclopaedia Britannica) claims that Cupid is the ancient Roman god of love in all its varieties (Cupid is the counterpart of the Greek god Eros and the equivalent of Amor in Latin poetry). Often visually depicted as a cherubic winged figure, Cupid is long mythologized to use his bow and arrow to pierce hearts and cast a spell of love on unsuspecting souls. Keep on the lookout.

Source: Encyclopaedia Britannica
Shameless 1980s reference to the hit song “Poison Arrow” by ABC: YouTube

#6: American’s spend a LOT on love

American’s were forecast to spend $19.6 billion on Valentine’s Day (2018). That’s a lot of LOVE out there!

Source: National Retail Federation

#7: Chocolates are the MOST popular confection on Valentine’s Day to Gift

Chocolate sales represent 75 percent or more of Valentine’s Day candy purchases. Yummmm.

Source: National Confectioners Association

#8: Sharing is caring

83 percent of Americans usually share candy with friends and family for Valentine’s Day. That’s so sweet.

Source: National Confectioners Association

#9: Chocolate or flowers — what would Cupid do?

Flowers are nice…but chocolates are EVEN BETTER, according to 69% of Americans that prefer chocolate to flowers on Valentine’s Day! To break it down even further: Women prefer chocolate 59% more than flowers, but men overwhelmingly prefer chocolate 83% over flowers — no surprise there, ladies.

Source: National Confectioners Association

#10: Assorted chocolates are ALWAYS the best bet

You open a box of assorted chocolates with a giddy sense of glee. Which one…oh the choices! However, if you’re like most Americans, caramels are the most popular flavor in the box — in fact, 34% of people favor them. However, 24% prefer chocolate-covered nuts, chocolate filled and cream-filled tie at 13%, and coconut filled comes in at 10%. These facts tell you that an assorted box of chocolates is the way to go for Valentine’s gift. What are you waiting for — order your Valentine’s Day gifts early!

Source: National Confectioners Association

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