Impress Your Sweetheart With Valentine’s Day Trivia

Valentine’s Day falls on February 14th every year, but did you know its historical roots weren’t always on that day? Whether you’re celebrating with someone special or enjoying a solo day, you won’t want to miss this Valentine’s Day trivia. You might even learn something you didn’t know!

Know your history

  • Historians believe the ancient Roman fertility festival of Lupercalia, celebrated on February 15, was one of Valentine’s Day’s origins.
  • There are multiple Saint Valentines. Scholars believe Valentine’s Day honors a priest who performed secret marriages for young couples in Ancient Rome. He did this despite a decree banning young men from marrying and was put to death for it.
  • In Roman mythology, Venus, the goddess of love, is mother to the still-famous Cupid. The myths say that Cupid’s arrows cause people to fall in love.

Trinkets of Affection

  • Women may buy flowers for all reasons on Valentine’s day. However, one study found that 27% of women are buying flowers for themselves on Valentine’s Day.
  • 23% of women buy flowers for their mother, while 18% buy for her significant other.
  • According to the Greeting Card Association, people send about 1 billion valentine cards every year.
  • Valentine’s Day is the second biggest holiday for card sending after Christmas. Women purchase 85% of all valentine cards.
  • 69% of roses purchased on Valentine’s Day are red. The next most popular colors are pink and peach, which each account for 6% of roses sold.
  • Richard Cadbury, whose father started the world-famous Cadbury chocolate company, was the first person to package chocolate in heart-shaped boxes.

Bitter Hearts

  • For Valentine’s Day, some zoos will let you name a cockroach after your ex and then feed it to an animal.
  • In 1929, members of Al Capone’s Italian South Side gang murdered seven men from a rival gang in the Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre.

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