. The most Valentine cards given each year go to teachers. Next in line are children, mothers, wives (sorry ladies, but wives are 4th), followed by pets.
. Valentine’s Day is the 2nd biggest card sending day, trumped only by Christmas. 1 billion cards will be sent worldwide.
. Approximately 150 million cards will be exchanged in the US, 50% of which will be purchased within 6 days prior to Valentine’s Day.
. Valentine’s Day is also celebrated in Canada, Mexico, the UK, France, Austria, Denmark, Italy and Japan. (What’s wrong with the rest of the countries? Come on, man…!)
. Verona, Italy is the town where Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet were from. Each year about 1000 Valentine cards are sent to Juliet.
. There will be an average of 220,000 wedding proposals on this day of love.
. 35 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolates will be sold on Valentine’s Day.
. 1 billion dollars will be spent on chocolate today.
. 40,000 Americans are employed at chocolate factories.
. Flowers purchased – 73% will be men, 27% women. 15% of US women send flowers to themselves.
. 189 million stems of roses will be sold in the US.
. Red roses are considered the flower of love because red stands for strong romantic feelings.
. There are 119 single men (never married, divorced or widowed) in their 20’s for every 100 single women the same age.
. There are 34 single men, age 65 or over, for every 100 women the same age.
There are a few different tales of how Valentine’s Day originated. My favorite dates back to the Roman Empire during the reign of Claudius II in 270 A.D. During wartime, Claudius did not want men to marry because he believed single men made better soldiers. (I don’t know… I’m just reporting it.) But Bishop Valentine disregarded the edict and performed secret marriage ceremonies. When Claudius found out, Valentine was arrested and executed by order of the Emperor on February 14. From prison he wrote a love note to the jailer’s daughter and signed it, “From your Valentine.” (Hmm…sounds familiar)
So now you can celebrate this day of love and win the trivia contest too.