Whether you’re in a relationship or not, you’ve likely noticed that Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. With aisles lined with red and pink bags of candy, card sections reminding you that “Valentine’s Day is February 14th!

Valentine’s day is celebrated every year. But do you know where Valentine’s day came from? How it became so popular? Was it always about love and good feelings? From its bloody origins to its sweet, chocolaty modern day traditions.

Here’s the some amazing facts you never know about Valentine’s Day

1.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.

2.220,000 is the average number of wedding proposals on Valentine’s Day each year.

3.189 million stems of roses are sold in the U.S. on this day.

4.Women purchase approximately 85 percent of all gifts on this holiday.

5.Teachers will receive the most Valentine’s Day cards, followed by children, mothers, wives, sweethearts and pets.

6.The red rose was the favorite flower of Venus, the Roman goddess of love.

7.Over 50 percent of all Valentine’s Day cards are purchased in the six days prior to the holiday, making Valentine’s Day a procrastinator’s delight.

8.Red roses are considered the flower of love because the color red stands for strong romantic feelings.

9.Over $1 billion worth of chocolate is purchased on this romantic day in the U.S.

10.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.”

11. Richard Cadbury produced the first box of chocolates for this holiday in the late 1800s.

12. 73 percent of people who buy flowers on this day are men, while only 27 percent are women.

13.Or you could pop over to Finland where Valentine’s Day is called Ystävänpäivä, which translates into “Friend’s day”. It’s more about remembering your buddies than your loved ones.

14.The most popular theory about Valentine’s Day’s origin is that Emperor Claudius II didn’t want Roman men to marry during wartime. Bishop Valentine went against his wishes and performed secret weddings. For this, Valentine was jailed and executed. While in jail he wrote a note to the jailor’s daugter signing it “from your Valentine”.

15.About 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged each year. This makes it the second largest seasonal card sending time of the year

16.In Victorian times it was considered bad luck to sign a Valentine’s Day card.

17.Girls of medieval times ate bizarre foods on this day to make them dream of their future spouse.

18.Meant as an alternative to Valentine’s Day, the holiday is for single people to celebrate or to commiserate in their single status.

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