Happy Valentine’s Day to our lovely readers! Love is in the air, and to celebrate this romantic day, here are 10 Valentine’s facts you just might not know about….
1. In Victorian times it was seen as bad luck to sign a Valentine’s Day card.
2. About three per cent of pet owners in the UK give their beloved animals pressies on Valentine’s Day.
3. In medieval times, women ate bizarre foods on Valentine’s Day in the hope of dreaming about their future spouse.
4. ‘Wearing your heart on your sleeve’ comes from the Middle Ages, when men and women would draw a name from a bowl to see who would be their Valentine, then pin it on their sleeve for a week.
5. King Henry VIII officially declared 14 February as Valentine’s Day in 1537.
6. The tradition of giving choccies on Valentine’s Day was started by Richard Cadbury in 1861, when he created the first heart-shaped box of chocolates.
7. Red roses were the favourite flower of Venus, the goddess of love, which is why we give and receive roses on Valentine’s Day. Fifty million of them are now given throughout the world on Valentine’s Day.
8. There are about 1 billion Valentine’s cards exchanged every year in the US alone.
9. In the Italian city of Verona, home to Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, around 1,000 letters are received addressed to Juliet every Valentine’s Day.
10. Men spend double the amount on Valentine’s Day gifts than women spend.