Fun Facts & Fiction About Valentine’s Day
We are mad about Valentine’s Day in the AlibiOnline office, so in order to celebrate this romantic day, we’ve compiled a list of our favourite facts and fiction from the beginning of the celebration to now.
Fun facts and fiction about Valentine’s Day:
- More than 36 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate are sold for Valentine’s Day each year.
- On average, men shell out $130 each on candy, cards, jewellery, flowers and dates. That’s more than double what women commit to spending. Get your man to buy you something you know you’ll love from our great selection of womens dresses.
- About 8 billion candy hearts will be produced this year; that’s enough candy to stretch from Rome, Italy to Valentine, Arizona 20 times and back again.
- Worldwide, over 50 million roses are given for Valentine’s Day each year.
- 73% of people who buy flowers for Valentine’s Day are men, while only 27 percent are women.
- Men buy most of the millions of boxes of candy and bouquets of flowers given on Valentine’s Day.
- In the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names from a bowl to see who their valentines would be. They would wear these names on their sleeves for one week.
- The Italian city of Verona, where Shakespeare’s lovers Romeo and Juliet lived, receives about 1,000 letters addressed to Juliet every Valentine’s Day.
- Richard Cadbury invented the first Valentines Day candy box in the late 1800s.
- The oldest surviving love poem till date is written in a clay tablet from the times of the Sumerians around 3500 BC.
- In Medieval times, girls ate unusual foods on St Valentine’s Day to make them dream of their future husband.
- While he was imprisoned in Rome, Saint Valentine fell in love with his jailer’s daughter and wrote to her from his cell. The love note was signed, “From your Valentine,” and began the well-known tradition of having and being someone’s valentine.
- During the Middle Ages, it was commonly believed in France and England that February 14 was the beginning of birds’ mating season, which added to the idea that the middle of Valentine’s Day should be a day for romance.
- Teachers receive the most valentines, followed by kids, mothers, wives and sweethearts.