Fun Facts About Valentine's Day

Did you know that approximately 1 billion Valentine's Day cards are sent each year. In this video clip learn the origins of this romantic day and more fun facts.

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Fun Facts About Valentine's Day

Celebrated on February 14th, Valentine’s Day is a holiday where lovers traditionally express their feelings for each other. Symbols of modern Valentine’s Day include the heart shape, and that of the winged Cupid. The holiday is named for two martyred Christian saints named Valentine, but only became connected with romantic love in the High Middle Ages with the help of poet Geoffrey Chaucer.

Giving chocolates or jewelry, or presenting one’s loved one with flowers are all customary gifts for Valentine’s Day today. However the most common present is the exchange of love notes, known as Valentines. Over time, Valentine’s Day has been reinvented over and over. It was roughly the 1840s when our current card-giving tradition began. Before that time, Valentines were mainly hand-written love notes, as opposed to the mass-produced greeting cards of today. In the second half of the twentieth century, the gift-giving trend extended to presents of all kinds, and finally in the 1980s, the diamond industry started promoting jewelry as an appropriate love token.

Today, it is estimated that approximately one billion Valentine’s cards are sent worldwide each year, making this day the second largest card-sending holiday, after Christmas. Eighty-five per cent of those cards are sent by women.

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