Fun Valentine’s Day Facts
February 13, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) What’s the most celebrated day of the year after Christmas? You’ve got it, Valentine’s Day…the International Day of Love! Also called Saint Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, the annual holiday is celebrated on February 14 in many countries around the world. Besides being an American phenomenon, it’s also observed in Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, France, Australia, Italy and Denmark.
St. Valentine’s Day began as a celebration and a form of worship for one or more early Christian Saints. Its history –and the story of its patron Saint or Saints–is cloaked in mystery. However, we know that February has long been celebrated as a month of romance, and that St. Valentine’s Day, as we have come to know it, includes some remnants of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition.
For many women it means a day when your spouse or significant other had better come up with something special for us, whether it be a gift or a romantic night out. For many men it’s a time to panic and scramble to order last minute flowers, or if you’re creative, to buy a special gift or plan an exciting evening for your special someone.
Of all the holidays throughout the year, Valentine’s Day is probably the most unoriginal because the gifts people give to symbolize their affection are usually the predictable standard flowers and chocolate. One thing it means for both sexes is time to hit the store shelves to buy that romantic or funny Valentine’s Day card.
Here are some fun facts that you may not know about Valentine’s Day:
- In 1537, England’s King Henry VII officially declared Feb. 14 the holiday of St. Valentine’s Day.
- According to Hallmark, more than 163 million cards—not including packaged kids’ valentines—are exchanged each year making it the second-largest holiday for giving greeting cards.
- The number of these candy hearts produced each year is approximately 8 billion.
- According to a survey by the National Retail Federation, 35 percent of Americans will buy flowers for Valentine’s Day 2017, spending a total of $2 billion.
- Valentine’s Day is the big time of year for red roses. Mother’s Day sees more pastel-colored roses sold.
- Fifteen percent of American women will send themselves flowers on Valentine’s Day.
- The State of California produces 60% of American roses, but most roses sold on Valentine’s Day in the U.S. are imported from South America.
- Men purchase about 75 percent of all the roses sold in the U.S. at this time every year.
- According to Her.com, 15 percent of the women polled ranked “Cheap Flowers” as the #2 most disappointing Valentine’s Day gift, after “Cheap Underwear.”
- According to The National Confectioners Association, as many as 40 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate are sold each year.
- On average, men spend double the amount of money on Valentine`s Day gifts than women spend.
- According to AOL.com, the No. favorite Valentine’s Day gift is candy, chocolate in particular.
- Estimates from the National Retail Federation suggest that consumers who buy Valentine’s Day presents will spend nearly $137 on average in 2017 for flowers, clothes, jewelry, candy and other gifts, down from a record high last year of about $147.