Some Valentine's Day Facts That Are Fun to Know

Are you looking for some interesting Valentine's Day facts and information?

Are you one of those people who do not know about Valentine's Day? Perhaps you've never heard of it or have been living on a remote, secluded tropical island away from Western culture for the past, oh, say, several hundred years.

Actually, even if you do celebrate the holiday, you might only know it to be about love. Amore. A woman's holiday.

Valentine's Day may be synonymous with love and affection, about telling that special someone in your life that you care about him / her, but there's actually a great deal of history surrounding this lover's holiday.

Some of the Valentine's Day facts are fun, and some are just interesting. I'll let you decide on which is which.

  • Valentine's Day (the modern variation of it having evolved over time) is believed to have began in France and England.

  • Valentine's Day was first declared to fall on February 14 in the year 498.

  • Pope Gelasius was the one who decreed the official start of the holiday.

  • In the eighteenth century, it became customary for men and women to exchange small tokens of affection for each other.

  • Handwritten notes were some of the earliest objects of affection exchanged.

  • The first official Valentine's Day gift was sent by the Duke of Orleans to his wife, after he was captured in 1415. That's a Valentine's Day fact we're sure you didn't know!

  • When it comes to flowers, men buy almost 75% of them at Valentine's Day.

  • Ancient cultures believed that the soul lived in the heart of a human being, therefore the heart is the most common symbol today associated with love.

  • About 4% of pet owners actually prefer to give their pet a Valentine's Day gift rather than give one to their loved one. They feel that the pet is more appreciative of it.

  • Now here's another interesting Valentine's Day fact - during the Middle Ages, it was believed that the first person you met of the opposite sex on Valentine's Day would be the person you would marry.

  • The red rose was the favorite flower of the ancient goddess Venus. This is why the red rose is often associated with love and is the highest selling flower on Valentine's Day.

  • Richard Cadbury introduced the first Valentine's Day box of chocolates in 1868.

These are just a few of the many wonderful Valentine's Day facts that surround this holiday. While it's easy to assume that some of the holidays that we celebrate in modern times were created relatively recently, especially given the consumer-driven marketing that surrounds them, knowing some of these facts can help keep the pessimism about the holiday at bay.

Valentine's Day has a great pedigree and history and once you have a grasp of some of the Valentine's Day facts that we shared with you here, then you'll be able to impress that special someone in your life.

Maybe you want to really show your wife how much you care about her on this special day. Now you can win her all over again with this knowledge.

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