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Roses are red
Violets are blue
I feel blessed every day
To be able to spend it with you…
Ah the “day of love” has finally fallen upon us. The widely-celebrated “Hallmark Holiday” has been around for thousands of years, but how much do you really know about this holiday? Check out these “Love Day” facts:
1. In Victorian times it was considered bad luck to sign a Valentine’s Day card.
2. In the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names from a bowl to see who would be their Valentine. They would wear this name pinned onto their sleeves for one week for everyone to see. This was the origin of the expression "to wear your heart on your sleeve."
3. In 1537, England's King Henry VII officially declared Feb. 14 the holiday of St. Valentine's Day.
4. About 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged each year. This makes it the second largest seasonal card sending time of the year
5. The red rose was the favorite flower of Venus, the Roman goddess of love.
6. 58 million pounds of chocolate will be purchased during the week of Valentine’s Day
7. 220,000 is the average number of wedding proposals on Valentine's Day each year.
8. Every Valentine's Day, the Italian city of Verona, where Shakespeare's lovers Romeo and Juliet lived, receives about 1,000 letters addressed to Juliet.
9. Physicians of the 1800s commonly advised their patients to eat chocolate to calm their pining for lost love.
10. Richard Cadbury produced the first box of chocolates for Valentine's Day in the late 1800s.
11. Finland’s version of Valentine’s Day is called Ystävänpäivä, which translates into “Friend’s day”. It's more about remembering your buddies than your loved ones.
12. Americans will spend more than $700 million on Valentine’s Day gifts for their pets
13. If you’re single don’t despair. You can celebrate Singles Awareness Day (SAD) instead.
14. Teachers will receive the most Valentine's Day cards, followed by children, mothers, wives, sweethearts and pets