14th February is of course the most romantic day of the year – Valentine’s Day! Around the UK millions of cards and bouquets of flowers will be arriving on doorsteps and many marriage proposals will take place.
Below we’ve put together 10 things you might not know about this special day.
- Valentine’s Day is not the most popular day for Greeting Cards
- According to the Greeting Card Association, 190 million Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged annually, making Valentine’s Day the second most popular greeting card–giving occasion, after Christmas.
- The first Valentine’s Day box of chocolates was produced by Richard Cadbury in 1868.
- In order to ease heartbreak over a lost love physicians in the 1800’s advised their patients to eat chocolate
- Most women will not spend half the amount of money on men as they expect to get bought for them
- Where does the saying ‘wearing your heart on your sleeve’ come from? In the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names to see who their Valentine would be. They would wear the name pinned to their sleeve for one week so that everyone would know their supposed true feelings.
- Millions of pet owners will buy valentines day gifts for their pets
- Around £260 million will be spent on Valentine’s Day roses – mostly red of course.
- According to Welsh tradition, a child born on Valentine’s Day would have many lovers.
- A kiss on Valentine’s Day is considered to bring good luck all year
- British children in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries would celebrate Valentine’s Day by going door-to-door singing songs and sometimes begging for cake or money.
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