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Surprising Facts About Valentine’s Day

Julie Cheung

Posted on February 10 2018

We love the romance and fun of Valentine’s Day. From giving Valentine’s cards to friends as children to spending a romantic evening with our partner now, there has always been something appealing about Valentine’s Day. Here’s your chance to learn more about this special day we tend to take for granted. Enjoy this information now as you shop for plus size party dresses or use these facts to liven up your Valentine’s Day conversations.

The origins of Valentine’s Day are a bit shrouded in myth but we do know it became associated with romance in the 14th century, in conjunction with Geoffrey Chaucer’s social circle where notions of courtly love were popular. By the 18th century it had become an occasion where lovers in England expressed their love by exchanging candies and greeting cards.

 

I’m In Love, I’m All Shook Up

In Europe, Saint Valentine’s Keys are given to lovers with an invitation to “unlock my heart” but they are also given to children to ward of epilepsy. Saint Valentine is the patron saint of epilepsy and the belief that he could perform miraculous cures of “Saint Valentine’s Malady” was once widespread in Europe.

No, You Hang Up

If you love romantic talks over the phone, thanks Alexander Graham Bell and Elisha Gray. These inventors filed for a patent for the telephone on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, 1876.

Flower Power

Of all the flowers bought on Valentine’s Day, 27 percent are purchased by women. Around the world approximately 50 million roses are given each Valentine’s Day.

I Heart Valentines

The heart-shaped symbol has only been associated with romance since the 14th century when Italian and French artists began using it to represent romantic love. Before that the heart shape represented the anatomical heart which was thought to be responsible for memory.

Christmas Is Still #1

Did you receive a Valentine’s Day card last year? Around a billion Valentines cards are exchanged around the world each year. This makes Valentine’s Day the second most popular time for greeting cards.

The Other Boxing Day

Valentine’s Day is a popular time to give chocolates. It is also a particularly popular time to buy chocolates in boxes. From heart-shaped boxes to rectangles filled with chocolate goodness, candy makes a great gift. What you might not know is the chocolate box dates back more than 140 years. Boxes of Valentine’s Day chocolates were first sold by Richard Cadbury in 1868 so be sure to check the expiration date on those chocolates before you buy!

I Left My Heart…

Worried about leaving your heart on your sleeve? Turns out that expression was more literal than you’d expect. It dates back to the Middle Ages when young people drew names to find out who would be their Valentine. They would then wear that name pinned to their sleeves for a week. This would reveal to the world the name of their Valentine.

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