Happy Valentine’s Day!

The day of love has arrived and Cupid has struck yet again! I’m sure many of you have plans this evening. A romantic dinner at your favorite restaurant. Perhaps a “chick flick”. Or maybe the two of you will just stay in for the evening. Before you get started on your special night, check out these fun facts you might not know about Valentine’s Day. Makes for a great conversation starter, particularly if this might be a first date.

  • The origin of Valentine’s Day dates back to the Roman Empire during the reign of Claudius II, where Claudius forbid his troops to marry during war time as he felt single men made better soldiers. Bishop Valentine, later known as Saint Valentine, married the soldiers and their would be brides in secret, and was later imprisoned for his crimes. He was executed on February 14th.
  • During the middle ages, women ate bizarre foods on Valentine’s Day to dream of their future spouses.
  • Casanova, well known as “The World’s Greatest Lover,” ate chocolate to make him virile.
  • Hallmark produced the first Valentine’s Day card in 1913.
  • In the 1800’s physicians would often prescribe chocolate to patients who were pining for loved ones.
  • Americans spend over $3.6 billion on Valentine’s Day.
  • The red rose was the favorite flower of Venus, the Roman goddess of love.
  • Why is Cupid the symbol of Valentine’s Day? He was the son of Venus, the Roman god of love and beauty.
  • Every year, over 1 billion cards are sent on Valentine’s Day. Only Christmas is bigger.
  • Over 90% of Valentine’s Day flowers are purchased by men, and 15% of women send themselves flowers on Valentine’s Day.
  • England’s King Henry VIII declared February 14th a holiday in 1537 for the first time.
  • Richard Cadbury produced the first box of chocolates for Valentine’s Day in the late 1800’s.
How many of you knew any of these?  I only knew three of them, so apparently I have a lot to learn about Valentine’s Day. Which would explain a lot… sigh… Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!






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