Origin of Valentine’s Day
The origin of Valentine’s Day is that Emperor Claudius II did not want Romans to marry during the time of war. Bishop Valentine, however, thought otherwise and performed secret marriages. Valentine was jailed and executed for this act. He wrote a letter to the jailor’s daughter on which he write “from your Valentine.”
Every Valentine’s Day 1000 letters are written to Juliet, from the Shakespeare’s famous novel Romeo and Juliet, in the city of Verona, Italy.
At an average 22000 wedding proposals take place on Valentine’s Day every year.
Red roses are said to be the flower of love because the red colour expresses a strong romantic feeling. It was also the favourite flower of Venus, who is the Roman goddess of love. Aproximately 189 million steps of roses are sold in the United states of America on Valentine’s Day.
Back in 1800s physicians asked patients to eat chocolate during the time they were crying due to lost love. This might also be the reason why Richard Cadbury produced his first box of chocolates for Valentine’s Day in the 1800s.
King Henry VII
King Henry VII, while ruling England in 1537, officially declared 14th February as the holiday for St. Valentine’s Day.
Back in Victorian times, it was considered bad luck to sign a Valentine’s Day card.
In terms of retail statistics, almost 3% pet owners send Valentine’s Day gifts to their pets.