Here are some interesting facts about Valentine’s Day you may or may not know.
- About 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged each year. That’s the largest seasonal card-sending occasion of the year, next to Christmas.
- About 3% of pet owners will give Valentine’s Day gifts to their pets.
- Alexander Graham Bell applied for his patent on the telephone, an “Improvement in Telegraphy”, on Valentine’s Day, 1876.
- Cupid, another symbol of Valentines Day, became associated with it because he was the son of Venus, the Roman god of love and beauty. Cupid often appears on Valentine cards holding a bow and arrows because he is believed to use magical arrows to inspire feelings of love.
- Hallmark has over 1330 different cards specifically for Valentine’s Day.
- In Victorian times it was considered bad luck to sign a Valentine’s Day card.
- It wasn’t until 1537 that St. Valentine’s Day was declared an official holiday. England’s King Henry VIII declared February 14th a holiday.
- Only the U.S., Canada, Mexico, France, Australia and the U.K. celebrate Valentine’s Day.
- Teachers will receive the most Valentine’s Day cards, followed by children, mothers, wives, and then, sweethearts. Children ages 6 to 10 exchange more than 650 million Valentine’s cards with teachers, classmates, and family members.
- Valentine’s Day is big business. Consumers will spend an average of $77.43 on Valentine’s Day gifts this year. E-commerce retailers expect to rack up about $650 million in sales of food, candy, flowers, and other Valentine’s Day gifts. Of that amount about $350 million will be for gifts and flowers and another $45 million will be spent on food (including chocolate) and wine.
- Chocolate manufacturers currently use 40 percent of the world’s almonds and 20 percent of the world’s peanuts.
Happy Valentine’s Day from Par-T-Perfect!