The Greeting Card Association calculates that 145 million Valentine's Day cards are sent out every year in the United States. This figure does not include classroom valentines.Know More
A total of $18.6 billion is spent for Valentine's Day, of which $1.6 billion is spent on candy, $1.9 billion is spent on flowers, and $4.4 billion is spent on diamonds, gold and silver. About 224 million roses are grown for Valentine's Day. Americans spend an average of $130.97 per person on Valentine's Day.
The most popular seasonal cards are Christmas cards; every year, 1.6 billion Christmas cards are purchased in the United States, including boxed cards.Learn more about Valentines Day
There is little evidence to support the idea that the Hallmark greeting card company is solely responsible for creating the modern Valentine's Day celebration, though the company did begin mass-producing cards for this holiday in 1913. Factory-produced cards were a response to the growing public interest in spending money on this holiday, as the trend of handmade greetings gave way to manufactured cards.Full Answer >
Cupid is part of the Valentine's Day iconography thanks to his historical association with classical Greek and Roman love stories. The Roman love god Cupid, known as Eros in the ancient Greek religious tradition, was the son of the Roman goddess of love, Venus, or Aphrodite in Greek stories.Full Answer >
The exact origins of Valentine's Day are difficult to determine, but there are indications that the holiday may have roots in both Roman and Norman tradition dating back to ancient Roman history and about 300 C.E. Between February 13 and 15 in ancient Rome, a holiday known as Lupercalia was celebrated. This was a rather brutal and violent festival during which men would slaughter animals, consume them and then use the animals' hides to whip women as part of a fertility ritual. The festival also included a matchmaking process in which men and women would be paired up based on a random lottery.Full Answer >
Valentine's Day is held annually on February 14. This holiday is not celebrated world wide, but is observed in many larger countries, including the United States, China and France.Full Answer >