Won’t You Be Mine?
Love is in the air and cupid is logging extra hours for today is Valentine’s Day!
How do you celebrate this occasion? Or do you bother at all?
Do you view this day as a romantic holiday or a way for companies like Hallmark and Cadbury to make more money?
And have you ever wondered how it all began?
One theory dates back to the time of the Roman Empire during the reign of Claudius II, 270 AD. Claudius didn’t want men to marry during wartime because he believed single men made better soldiers. Bishop Valentine went against his wishes and performed secret wedding ceremonies. Valentine was jailed for this, and was then executed by order of the Emperor on February 14. While in jail, he wrote a love note to the jailor’s daughter signing it, “From your Valentine.” (Source: www.sheknows.com)
So are you a hopeless romantic or an Anti-Valentine’s Day crusader?
Whichever you are, you’ll enjoy these fun Valentine’s Day facts:
- More than 1 billion Valentine’s cards will be exchanged today
- After Christmas, Valentine’s Day is the next leading card-sending occasion
- Teachers receive the most Valentine’s Day cards
- Of all the flowers purchased on Valentine’s Day, 73% are bought by men
- 15% of U.S. women send themselves flowers on Valentine’s Day.
- 189 million stems of roses are sold in the U.S. on Valentine’s Day
- In addition to Canada, Valentine’s Day is celebrated in the United States, Mexico, United Kingdom, France, Australia, Denmark, and Italy.
- An estimated 3% of pet owners will give Valentine’s Day gifts to their pets
- Every Valentine’s Day, the city of Verona, Italy, (where Shakespeare’s lovers Romeo and Juliet lived) receives about 1,000 letters addressed to Juliet
- Women buy approximately 85 % of all Valentines
Happy Valentine’s Day!