Happy Valentine's Day! In honor of this day, I'd love to share some fun facts that I've learned over the years about February 14th. Because who doesn't love knowing stuff that they don't actually need to know?
1) One popular theory about how Valentine's Day came to be, is that Emperor Claudius II didn't want Roman men marrying during wartime. Bishop Valentine went against the Emperor's demands and performed secret weddings. After being found out, he was thrown in jail where he wrote letters to his jailor's daughter signed, "Love your Valentine". Unfortunately, he was executed soon after his imprisonment.
2) In Victorian times it was considered bad luck to sign a Valentine's Day card.
3) Around 1 billion Valentine's Day cards are exchanged each year making it the second largest seasonal card sending time of the year.
4) The "X" was believed to have become the symbol for a kiss during medieval times. When people couldn't write their names they would sign it with an "X" instead, and kiss it in front of a witness to show their sincerity.
5) Also during the medieval times, girls would eat strange food combinations believing it would cause them to dream of their future spouses. Ketchup pancakes anyone?
6) In 1537, King Henry VII of England officially declared February 14th as St. Valentine's Day.
7) Physicians of the 1800s commonly advised their patients to eat chocolate to help ease a broken heart. If you're interested in learning some cool facts about chocolate go check out my post entitled, "Happy National Chocolate Cake Day!"
8) Women purchase around 85% of all Valentine's Day gifts.
9) The most common receivers of cards on Valentine's day, starting with those who receive the most are teachers, children, mothers, wives, sweethearts, and pets.
10) The average number of wedding proposals each year on Valentine's Day is 220,000. That's a whole lot of love!
Of course there are many more fun facts about this designated day of love, and these are just a few of the ones that I found to be the most interesting. I particularly found fact #8 to be interesting; however, don't be discouraged if Valentine's Day isn't your cup of tea because I forgot to mention one last fact. Which is, that February 15th is officially recognized as Single Awareness Day. While the 15th is the official day designated to the holiday, it is more commonly celebrated on Valentine's Day itself as an anti-Valentine's Day celebration. So whether you celebrate with a sweetheart, spouse, friends, or yourself this Valentine's Day, you'll be going into it with some new knowledge and some great conversation starters. You're welcome.