Every year on February 14th, couples, friends and family members exchange heartfelt cards, buy each other chocolates or flowers, and for those who can afford it… jewellery, and other memorable (and sometimes expensive!) items.
But how exactly did this date, and the expectations to buy gifts become so popular? Here are some fun facts we compiled just for you.
The history of the date
The history of Valentine’s Day is still debatable, but it’s been long linked to both Christian and ancient Roman tradition, and of course, Saint Valentine.
It dates back to as far as the Middle Ages
Valentine’s greetings were popular since the Middle Ages, and the oldest Valentine still in existence is a poem written in 1415 by Charles, Duke of Orleans, to his wife.
Over a BILLION Valentine’s Day cards are sent each year worldwide
According to FactRetriever, an estimated one BILLION Valentine’s Day cards are sent out each year, making the celebration the second largest card-sending holiday after the Christmas holidays.
The tradition of giving chocolates during Valentine’s Day began in 1868 by Richard Cadbury (yes, of the Cadbury chocolate empire!), who took the opportunity to sell chocolates as part of the loved-up holiday.
Red roses = Flowers of love
The iconic red rose stands for strong romantic feelings, making the flower the most popular Valentine’s Day choice. It’s no surprise that roses account for more than half of all flower sales on February 14th!
How did you celebrate Valentine’s Day this year?