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7 Interesting Facts About Valentine’s Day

7 Interesting Facts about Valentine’s Day

Valentine's Day Dog holding sign that says KISS

Hi! So, for Friday Frivolity, I have decided that I am curious about Valentine’s Day – in particular, its history – so I did a little research. Here are 7 fast facts about this very special day.

1. Though Valentine’s Day is often thought to be a holiday made up by Hallmark, they didn’t produce their first Valentine’s Day card until 1913. The official declaration of the holiday was way, way, way back in 1537.

2. Research reveals that greater than 50% of the U.S. population celebrates Valentine’s Day by purchasing a card (hopefully, they give them as well). (Source: Hallmark research)

3. In Medieval times, ladies who were looking for a suitor had a tradition on Valentine’s Day. With the hopes that they could dream of their future spouses, women would spend the evening of V’Day eating a range of bizarre foods. Not so odd, eh, as we still have the belief that food may affect sleep and dreams.

4. Historians trace the origin of Valentine’s Day to the ancient Roman Empire. It is said that people observed February 14th as a holiday to honor Juno – the Queen of Roman Gods and Goddesses, and the Goddess of Women and Marriage.

5. There are actually three (3!) saints that Valentine’s Day origins come from. (Source: stvalentiesday.org.) The Catholic church recognizes that there were three saints named Valentine or Valentinus, all of whom were martyred.

6. If you’re missing your sweetie on V’Day, you can say “hello” (and other stuff) by telephone, meanwhile thanking Alexander Graham Bell. On Valentine’s Day, 1876, he applied for a patent for the telephone (not the cell phone – that came much later – do thank him for that too, though).

7. WOW! 141 million Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged each year. This makes Valentine’s Day the second-most popular annual occasion to give cards. (This total does not include packaged kids valentines for classroom exchanges.) (Source: Hallmark research)

I hope you enjoyed this! Happy Valentine’s Day!

Cheers,
Ken

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