27 Interesting, Funny, & Statistical Facts About Valentine’s Day

It may be a day reserved for romance, but it is also the when the telephone was patented!

Reviewed by Cheyenne BostockCheyenne Bostock, Life & Relationship Expert
By Harini NatarajanHarini Natarajan, Certified Emotional Intelligence Practitioner  • 

Valentine’s Day is on the cards, and all you couples must be busy planning your day with plenty of excitement. Wait! Spare us two minutes! Do you know any interesting facts about Valentine’s Day? If you are shaking your head, cheers! You are not alone. For most couples, this special day is all about an opportunity to show their love and affection for each other. Well, this time, impress your spouse and look knowledgeable and smart by letting her know some historical to fun facts about this day of love. What are they? Keep reading to know.

19 Funny Facts About Valentine’s Day

1. Cupid Actually Started Out As A Greek God

The common symbol for love – Cupid with his cherubic looks and angel wings – was originally the Greek god, Eros. Eros was the son of Aphrodite, the goddess of love and procreation. Cupid is known to shoot two types of arrows – one to make people fall in love and one to make them hate each other. Yes, contrary to popular belief, love isn’t the only emotion that can bring two people together. Hate also has the ability to join together some of the most unlikely couples together even if they don’t like each other.

2. ‘X’ Was Originally Not A Symbol For Kiss

Though we sign off our letters and texts X’s these days as symbols of kisses, this was not this letter’s original purpose. In medieval times, when people did not know how to sign their names, they would simply sign off with an X. To show their loyalty and affection, they would then kiss the X before sending the letter.

3. Candy Hearts Started Out As Medical Lozenges

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The popular Valentine’s Day candy, candy hearts, started out as medical lozenges for the throat! Boston-based pharmacist Oliver Chase invented the machine that produced small medical lozenges. When he saw the popularity of these small pop-in medicines, he turned them into candy with cute messages on them.

4. Roses Symbolize Love

Roses are said to be the flowers of love. Venus, the Roman goddess of love, used to adore red roses. This story made people start spreading love by giving roses to the object of their affection. The gift of a rose either on stems or in bunches of petals is an artful expression of love.

5. Different Places Celebrate Valentine’s Day In Different Ways

Valentine’s Day is celebrated in many different ways around the world. In Japan, women give chocolates to men. Men reciprocate this gesture a month later on March 14th, i.e., White Day. In Finland, February 14th is celebrated as Ystävänpäivä, which translates to Friends Day. Valentine’s Day is all about the expression of love.

6. Alexander Graham Bell Applied For A Patent For The Telephone On Valentine’s Day

It was on this romantic holiday that Alexander Graham Bell applied for a patent for his revolutionary invention – the telephone! Now, the telephone is the biggest medium for sending and receiving Valentine’s Day greetings.

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7. Valentine’s Day Is The Second Most Popular Day For Sending Cards

Valentine’s Day is a day when people all around the world send and receive cards.  A greeting card with a personalized message makes for great memories, especially as you grow older together. It is second only to Christmas in this regard. Valentine cards are mass-produced, and most of the stock is sold out by the time the holiday rolls around.

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The first Valentine’s Day card was mass-produced in the USA by Esther A. Howland, entrepreneur and “Mother of the American Valentine.”

8. This Is The Day That Penicillin Was Introduced

Penicillin, the world’s first antibiotic and one of the greatest scientific discoveries, was introduced to the world on Valentine’s Day.

9. Lace Is Commonly Used In Valentine’s Day Gifts

Lace is commonly used to in making bouquets of roses and in other items during Valentine’s Day. The word ‘lace’ comes from the Latin word ‘laques’ which means to snare or trap a person’s heart. Isn’t that fitting?

10. The First Valentine Was Sent From Prison

The first Valentine ever sent was by Charles, The Duke of Orleans. When he was imprisoned after a war, he sent a love poem to his wife, who he would meet only 15 years later. Quite the romantic, wasn’t he?

11. ‘Wear Your Heart On Your Sleeve’ Is Quite A Literal Idea

In the old days, people would pick out a name from a bowl to find out who their Valentine would be. The chit they picked would then be pinned on their sleeve for the world to see!

12. There Is A Sad Reason Behind Giving Chocolates On Valentine’s Day

Physicians in the old days would recommend chocolate to people who were suffering from a broken heart or pining after a lost love. Ouch!

13. We Need To Thank Richard Cadbury For Chocolate Boxes

In 1861, Richard Cadbury invented the first chocolate box. Always the businessman, he realized that he could capitalize on Valentine’s Day by producing chocolate boxes and marketing them as something to be given to your sweetheart. A gift is always a great way to open up someone’s heart. Chocolate simply makes it feel and taste better.

14. St. Valentine Was Quite A Rebel

St. Valentine, to whom this romantic holiday is dedicated, was quite the rebel. Emperor Claudius of Rome outlawed marriage because he believed that single men made better soldiers. St. Valentine went against his decree and performed wedding ceremonies in secret.

15. The Oldest Valentine’s Day Card Is 600 Years Older Than You

The oldest Valentine’s Day card was written in the 1400s. It has been preserved in the British Museum for all to see.

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Legend has it that St. Valentine was killed for helping Christians escape a Roman prison. It is believed he was the first person to write a letter from prison, signing it, “From your Valentine.”

16. Valentine’s Day Was Declared By The Pope

Pope Gelasius declared the Valentine’s Day holiday around 498 A.D.

17. Roses And Baby’s Breath Make Quite The Combination

For years now, florists have been selling the ‘Signature Rose’ which comprises of a single red rose with a tuft of baby’s breath. This Signature Rose is especially popular on Valentine’s Day.

18. The Most Popular Valentine Card Recipients Are Teachers

According to a survey, the most popular recipients of Valentine’s Day gifts and cards are teachers, followed by children, mothers, wives, sweethearts, and pets.

19. Hallmark Did Not Make The First Known Valentine’s Day Card

Hallmark, then known then as Hall Brothers, introduced the Valentine’s Day card as we know it only at the beginning of the last century. The first Valentine’s Day card is said to have been given way before that in 1477. The lucky recipient is believed to be a man named John Paston, whose fiancé Margery Brews wrote him a love letter.

8 Statistical Facts About Valentine’s Day

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1. A Popular Time For Getting Engaged

Approximately 6 million couples are said to get engaged every year on this romantic holiday.

2. Love Letters Are Still Romantic

Verona, Italy – where the popular Shakespearean tragedy Romeo and Juliet took place – receives more 6000 love letters every year from romantics all around the world. These letters are diligently answered by The Juliet Club.

3. Cards, Cards, And More Cards!

Every year, approximately 14 million cards are produced and sent on and around Valentine’s Day.

4. Chocolates Vs. Flowers? Chocolates Always Win

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It has been noted that between chocolates and flowers, people tend to buy more chocolates for Valentine’s Day. Chocolate sales on this day are 75% higher than flower sales.

5. Heart-Shaped Boxes Are The Way To Go

Approximately 36 million heart-shaped boxes are sold every year on Valentine’s Day. These boxes are used to pack chocolates, gifts, and anything that may mean something special.

6. Pets Are The Best Valentines

Pets are also considered as Valentines

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While Valentine’s Day was originally celebrated for the love among people, people have now started to consider their pets as their Valentines. Approximately 9 million pet owners per year buy gifts for their pets on this special holiday.

7. Plans In Advance Aren’t Necessarily A Thing

Studies have proven that 64% of men around the world don’t plan the day in advance. Spontaneous plans are usually the way they roll!

8. Between Men And Women, Men Are Higher Spenders!

The average man spends more compared to women on Valentine’s Day. Studies have shown that men are more likely to spend up to $120, while women only spend up to $70.

Valentine’s Day is the one day of the year when you have a great excuse to shower your loved ones with care and warmth. This special day commemorating love has numerous stories and history behind it. Learn more about the fascinating facts about Valentine’s Day and the significance it holds in many people’s hearts. These facts will shed light on some intriguing topics you may not have known about and provide some new perspective on this romantic day. Share these facts with your closest friends and family, and enjoy this wonderful day with them to the utmost.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is another name for Valentine’s Day?

Saint Valentine’s Day and the Feast of Saint Valentine are other names for Valentine’s Day.

Is Valentine’s only for lovers?

Valentine’s Day is a day of love. Everyone can experience that love. All forms of love – for your family, friends, and kids – can be honored on this day. Valentine’s Day is a reminder to show love to the people you care about. Showing love is never limited to a romantic relationship.

What do you do if you’re single on Valentine’s Day?

Here are some things you can do on Valentine’s Day as a single person:
• Try out a new bar/café.
• Give yourself a makeover.
• Start a new book.
• Set up a DIY spa day.
• Make Valentine’s Day cards for all of your buddies.

Key Takeaways

  • Valentine’s Day is celebrated in different ways around the world. While women give chocolates to men in Japan, the people of Finland celebrate it with friends.
  • From Alexander Graham Bell applying for a patent for the telephone on Valentine’s Day to the oldest Valentine’s Day card being 600 years old, there are quite a few interesting facts sure to amaze you.
  • Contrary to popular belief, the most popular recipients of Valentine’s cards are teachers!

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