10 Facts About Valentine’s Day

10. Valentine gift-giving hadn’t become a market until the 1840s:

People started exchanging cards and handwritten letters to both lovers and friends during the 17th century, but it was in the 1840s that the first Valentine's Day cards were mass-produced in the U.S., sold by Esther A. Howland. Known as the "Mother of the American Valentine," Howland is credited with commercializing Valentine's Day cards in America, and she is remembered for her elaborate, crafty cards made with lace and ribbons.

Valentine gift-giving hadn’t become a market until the 1840s
Valentine gift-giving hadn’t become a market until the 1840s

9. Beginning of a sweet tradition:

The Valentine’s Day tradition of giving a box of candy was started in the 19th century by Richard Cadbury, a scion of a British chocolate manufacturing family. With a new technique recently established at the company to create more varieties of chocolate, Cadbury pounced on the opportunity to sell the chocolates as part of the beloved holiday. He also introduced the first heart-shaped box in 1861.

Beginning of a sweet tradition
Beginning of a sweet tradition

8. Kiss me once, then kiss me twice… :

On Valentine’s Day 2010, 39,897 people in Mexico City broke the record for the world’s largest group kiss. Also, a kiss on Valentine’s Day is considered to bring good luck all year.

Kiss me once, then kiss me twice…
Kiss me once, then kiss me twice…

7. Do you know how many roses are given on that day?:

Red rose is a favorite flower of Venus. For this reason, red rose is also the symbol of Valentine’s Day. All over the world, over 50 million roses are given for Valentine’s Day each year.

Do you know how many roses are given on that day?
Do you know how many roses are given on that day?

6. Sweetheart candies were initially Lozenges:

According to the Food Business News, pharmacist, and inventor, Oliver Chase created a machine that would quickly create the lozenges before switching to using the machine to create candy — later known as Necco Wafers.  Chase’s brother, Daniel, came up with the idea to print messages on the candy in 1866, and the candies got their heart shape in 1901, appealing specifically to Valentine’s Day sweethearts. 

Sweetheart candies were initially Lozenges
Sweetheart candies were initially Lozenges

5. Men spend more on Valentine’s Day:

On average, men spend double the amount of money on Valentine`s Day gifts than women spend. The average amount a man spends is $130.

Men spend more on Valentine’s Day
Men spend more on Valentine’s Day

4. It’s celebrated differently around the world:

In Japan, it's customary for just the women to give confections to the men in their lives, with the quality of the chocolate indicating their true feelings, according to Fortune. On March 14, exactly a month later, the men repay the favor by celebrating the increasingly popular "White Day."

In Wales, wooden love spoons were carved and given as gifts on Valentine’s Day. Hearts, keys, and keyholes were favorite Valentine decorations on the wooden spoons. These symbols meant the heart would be unlocked for love.

It’s celebrated differently around the world
It’s celebrated differently around the world

3. Best-day ever?:

Valentine's Day is one of the popular days to pop the question, with nearly 6 million couples getting engaged on February 14. And according to the results of a survey, Valentine's Day was voted the best day of the year to propose than any other day — and of those people who voted, 40% were men.

Best-day ever?
Best-day ever?

2. It dates back to the 5th century:

At the end of the 5th century, Roman Pope Gelasius officially declared the date of February 14 "St. Valentine's Day." It wasn't until the Middle Ages, though, that the holiday became associated with love and romance, a tradition that first started from the common belief in France and England that birds started their mating season on February 14.

It dates back to the 5th century
It dates back to the 5th century

1. It was originally a Pagan festival:

Some trace Valentine’s Day origins to a Christian effort to replace a pagan fertility festival that has been dated as far back as the 6th century B.C. During the festival of Lupercalia, Roman priests would sacrifice goats and dogs and use their blood-soaked hides to slap women on the streets, as a fertility blessing. According to legend, women would later put their names in an urn and be selected to be paired with a man for a year. 

It was originally a Pagan festival
It was originally a Pagan festival

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