14 Random & Weird Facts About Valentine’s Day

random & weird facts about valentine's day

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

Although some may see the 14th February as another way for businesses to sell love-themed greetings cards and Valentine’s gifts, discovering some facts about Valentine’s Day, we’ve found it does indeed go back much further than the card industry.

In today’s post we’re sharing some fascinating, random and weird facts about Valentine’s Day. For fun, for the pub quizzes and game show contestants of the future.

There are many theories on the precise origin of Valentine’s Day, but many believe it dates back to the time of the Roman Empire during the reign of Claudius II.

Claudius didn’t want men to marry during wartime, believing single men made better soldiers. Working against his wishes, Bishop Valentine performed secret wedding ceremonies.

For his defiance of the Emperor’s wishes Valentine was jailed and then executed on February 14th. Prior to his execution it is believed that he wrote a love note to the jailor’s daughter, signing it, “From your Valentine” … and that was that.

So love it or hate here are 14 (see what we did there) random facts about Valentine’s Day:

The ‘Facts About Valentine’s Day’ Countdown.

1. Valentine’s Day is often connected to the ancient Romans who celebrated the Feast of Lupercalia on 14th February in honour of Juno, the queen of the Roman gods and goddesses. Juno was also the goddess of women and marriage.

2. Many believe the X symbol became synonymous with the kiss in medieval times. People who couldn’t write their names signed in front of a witness with an X; the X was then kissed to show their sincerity.

3. In 1537, England’s King Henry VII officially declared 14th February the holiday of St. Valentine’s Day.

4. Richard Cadbury produced the first box of chocolates for Valentine’s Day in the late 1800’s.

5. Over 50 percent of all Valentine’s Day cards are purchased in the six days prior to 14th February.

6. As well as in the UK, Valentine’s Day is celebrated in the USA, Canada, Mexico, France, Australia, Denmark and Italy.

7. In the 1800’s doctors commonly advised their heartbroken patients to eat chocolate, claiming it would sooth their pain. (Seems like legitimate medical advice to us!)

8. Every Valentine’s Day, the Italian city of Verona, where Shakespeare’s lovers Romeo and Juliet lived, receives about 1,000 letters addressed to Juliet. (As showcased in the movie Letters to Juliet with Amanda Seyfried)

9. About 3 percent of pet owners will give Valentine’s Day gifts to their pets.

10. The oldest surviving valentine dates from 1415. It is a poem written by Charles, Duke of Orleans to his wife. At the time, the duke was being held in the Tower of London following his capture at the Battle of Agincourt.

11. Teachers receive the most valentines, followed by kids, mothers, wives and sweethearts.

12. Worldwide, over 50 million roses are given for Valentine’s Day each year. (Extra fact – red roses were the favourite flower of Venus, the Roman goddess of love).

13. Hallmark produced its first Valentine’s Day card in 1913.

14. The phrase “Sweets for the sweet” is a line from Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

Want some more Valentine’s Day inspired fun? Check out our pick of the Best Love Songs.

Posted by Charlotte 8:00 29/01/16
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