Here are 16 amazing Valentine’s Day facts.

1-5 Valentine’s Day Facts


1. Valentine’s Day is the day that Saint Valentine was beheaded for supporting soldiers getting married. – Source

2. India celebrates Children’s Day on November 14th, exactly 9 months after Valentine’s Day. – Source

3. In Japan women give chocolates to men on Valentine’s Day and the men reciprocate it a month later for White Day. – Source

4. Americans used to send mean and insulting cards to each other on Valentine’s Day. – Source

5. A festival practiced in ancient Rome is thought to be the origins of Valentine’s Day where men would sacrifice goats and make whips from their skin while women would line up to receive lashes as a fertility ritual and to ease childbirth pains. – Source

6-10 Valentine’s Day Facts

Gummy Bears

6. In Japan for Valentine’s Day, instead of giving chocolates, men can have gummy bear replicas of themselves made to present for their partners to eat. – Source

7. Valentine’s Day is banned in Saudi Arabia. – Source

8. Valentine’s Day is associated with romance because, during the middle Ages, it was believed that birds paired couples in mid-February. The holiday is literally for the birds. – Source

9. Valentine’s Day was promoted by companies such as Hallmark to boost purchases in February- the time of year sales revenue was the lowest. – Source

10. $13 billion are spent on Valentine’s Day every year in the US alone. An average man spends about $158 every Valentine’s day! – Source

11-16 Valentine’s Day Facts

Pet Onwers's Love for their Pets

11. In a survey, the American Pet Products Association says that pet owners treat their pets as their Valentine’s. – Source

12. 11/11, a Chinese holiday also known as “Single’s Day” and invented in the early 90s as a sort of opposition to Valentine’s Day, has become the “largest online shopping day in the world”. – Source

13. According to the Greeting Card Association, Valentine’s Day forms the second largest card-sending holiday of the year. – Source

14. Students of primary schools are prohibited from sending Valentine’s Day cards so that they don’t get upset if dumped. – Source

15. The first box of chocolates was produced by Richard Cadbury for Valentine’s Day in the late 1800s. – Source

16. 15 percent of U.S. women send themselves flowers on Valentine’s Day. – Source

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Last Update: January 28, 2017