Valentines Day Fun Facts!
· Women purchase approximately 85 percent of all Valentines.
· 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.
· About 3% of pet owners will give Valentine’s Day gifts to their pets.
· The ancient Romans celebrated the Feast of Lupercalia on February 14th in honor of Juno, the queen of the Roman gods and goddesses. Juno was also the goddess of women and marriage.
· Many believe the ‘X’ symbol became synonymous with the kiss in medieval times. People who couldn’t write their names signed in front of a witness with an ‘X.’ The ‘X’ was then kissed to show their sincerity.
· Girls of medieval times ate bizarre foods on St. Valentine’s Day to make them dream of their future spouse.
· 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.”
· In 1537, England’s King Henry VII officially declared February 14th the holiday of St. Valentine’s Day.
· Physicians of the 1800’s commonly advised their patients to eat chocolate to calm their pining for lost love.
About eight billion candy hearts were made last year, the association says-enough to stretch from Rome, Italy, to Valentine, Arizona, and back again 20 times.