by Desiree Coffey

Valentines day is coming up, and you know what that means, cards, candy, flowers, and gifts.  here are 15 facts about the day of love.

  1. In Victorian times, it was considered bad luck to sign a Valentine’s Day card.
  2. Based on retail statistics, about 3 percent of pet owners will give Valentine’s Day gift to their pets.
  3. About 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged each year.
  4. If you’re single don’t despair, you can celebrate Singles Awareness Day (SAD) instead.
  5. Instead of having Valentine’s Day, you can pop over to Finland where Valentine’s Day is called Ystävänpäivä, which translates to ‘Friends Day’. It’s more about remembering your friends then your loved ones.
  6. Physicians of the 1800s commonly advised their patients to eat chocolate to calm their sorrow for lost love.
  7. More then 35 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate will be sold for Valentine’s Day every year.
  8. 73 percent of people who buy flowers for Valentine’s Day are men, while only 27 percent are women.
  9. 15 percent of U.S women send themselves flowers on Valentine’s Day.
  10. Over 1 billion dollars worth of chocolate are purchased for Valentine’s Day in the U.S
  11. Over 50% of all Valentine’s Day cards are purchased six days prior, making Valentine’s Day a procrastinators delight.
  12. The rose was the favorite flower of Venus, the Roman goddess of love
  13. Red roses are considered the flower of love because the color red stands for strong romantic feelings.
  14. Women purchase approximately 85 percent of all Valentine’s Day gifts
  15. 220,000 is the average number of wedding proposals on Valentine’s Day each year.

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