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.
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.
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.
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.
6. Sweetheart candies were initially
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.
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.
4. It’s celebrated differently around
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
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.
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.
2. It dates back to the 5th
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
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