8 Interesting Facts You Didn’t Know About Valentine’s Day

By on February 14, 2018
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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 25 interesting facts you didn’t know about Valentine’s Day.

1. 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 daugter signing it “from your Valentine”.

2. In Victorian times it was considered bad luck to sign a Valentine’s Day card.

3. Based on retail statistics, about 3 per cent of pet owners will give gifts to their pets on this day.

4. About 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged each year. This makes it the second largest seasonal card sending time of the year

5. Girls of medieval times ate bizarre foods on this day to make them dream of their future spouse.

6.In the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names from a bowl to see who would be their Valentine. They would wear this name pinned onto their sleeves for one week for everyone to see. This was the origin of the expression “to wear your heart on your sleeve.”

7. In 1537, England’s King Henry VII officially declared Feb. 14 the holiday of St. Valentine’s Day.

8. Richard Cadbury produced the first box of chocolates for this holiday in the late 1800s.

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