Fun facts about Valentine’s Day
By: Philip Maenza
While we know Valentine’s Day is the most romantic day of the year, there is plenty more to the holiday than just that. After the Roman Emperor Claudius II outlawed marriage, Saint Valentine continued to marry men and women in secret. Even then, it was traditional for men and women to exchange flowers on their wedding day, as a sign of good luck and the start of a “blooming” relationship.
Today, we continue to celebrate love on February 14th, the day Saint Valentine died, by exchanging flowers, and the more modern chocolates and teddy bears. But just how many flowers, candy and teddy bears is it really?
Whether you’re single and ready to mingle or coupled up for Valentine’s Day, here are a few fun facts about our most beloved holiday.
Valentine’s Day Facts:
• Every year, more than 36 million heart shaped boxes of chocolates are sold across the country.
• Men will be spending twice as much as women this year on gifts. The average man spends $130 on Valentine’s Day, while women spend about $70.
• Every year, around 9 million people buy their pets a Valentine’s Day gift.
• February 14th is the second largest card giving day of the year, just after Christmas. This year, it’s expected that 1 billion cards will be exchanged around the world.
• Teachers receive the most Valentine’s Day cards, followed by kids, mothers, wives and girlfriends.
• Hallmark was one of the first to mass produce a Valentine’s Day card, all the way back in 1913.
• More than one-third of men are comfortable not receiving anything from a lover on Valentine’s Day.
• It’s estimated that the U.S. alone is going to spend $3.3 billion on flowers for loved ones this year.
• The only other day that beats Valentine’s Day in floral sales is Mother’s Day.
• Of the 124.6 million households in the U.S. it’s predicted that 43 million of them will purchase flowers.
• And the most likely flower to be purchased? Red roses.
• Young people are leading the trend in floral sales. In 2016, 63% of floral-buying households were under the age of 35.
• In 2015, 18% of women sent themselves flowers.
• Have your boquet tied in lace. The word “lace” comes from the Latin laques, meaning “to snare or net,” as in to catch a person’s heart.
Most Searched Flower on Valentine’s Day:
• Rose (with almost 3 million searches!)
Now that love is in the air, share some of these fun facts with your friends or valentine. And bonus fact – 64% of men do not make plans in advance for Valentine’s Day, so that one might be especially worth sharing.