Fun facts about Valentine’s Day

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Photo courtesy of djshorte.com

 

Valentine’s Day, a day about you and your loved one, is celebrated in many countries. These are some fun facts about this special day.

 

  • Next to Christmas, Valentine’s Day has the most cards exchanged for seasonal card sending, at about one billion cards.
  • 85% of all valentines are purchased by women.
  • 1 out of 5 valentines go to parents every year.
  • 3% of all pet owners will give their pet a Valentine’s Day gift.
  • In the middle ages, young men and women would draw names from a bowl to see who their valentine would be. They would wear the person’s name on their sleeve for a week. To wear your heart on your sleeve now means that it is easy for people to tell how you are feeling.
  • Verona, an Italian city, where Romeo and Juliet from Shakespeare lived, receives about one thousand letters addressed to Juliet a year.
  • Richard Cadbury invented the first Valentine’s Day candy box in the 1800’s.

 

Valentine’s Day Superstitions

 

It is said that the kind of bird a girl sees on Valentine’s Day predicts the man she is going to marry.

 

  • Sparrow- poor man
  • Owl- stay single
  • Crossbill- an argumentative man
  • Robin- crime fighter
  • Flock of doves- happy, peaceful marriage

 

Other Valentine’s Day superstitions:

 

  • On Valentine’s Day the first man’s name you see on the TV or hear on the radio, will be the name of your future husband.
  • If you see a squirrel on Valentine’s Day, you will marry a cheapskate who takes all your money.
  • If you find a glove, on this day, it is said that your future love will have the other glove.

 

 

 

Fun fact credit to www.stvalentinesday.org