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.
- 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.