10 Fun Valentine's Day Facts

Whether you love it or hate it, Valentine’s Day is here. It might seem like a holiday dedicated to commercialism and over-consumption of chocolate hearts, but there’s a whole host of fascinating facts about the holiday that few folks know... here are a few of our favourite cupid-inspired titbits, specially selected by everyone here at GoneDigging Towers... Happy Valentine’s Day! Fact 1 Valentine’s Day was first celebrated during the Roman times in the middle of February. It was a holiday called Lupercalia to commemorate fertility. A “love lottery” was held whereby young men drew young women’s names from a box to commemorate their rite of passage to the god Lupercus. The chooser and chosen would then be paired for one year. These random pairings often led to marriage. Fact 2 Roughly 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged across the world each year. Fact 3 Who said Valentine’s Day was just for couples? Pets will be on the receiving end of heart-shaped Valentine’s pressies this year, with over 9 million pet owners splashing the cash on their furry four legged friends. Fact 4 73% of flowers are bought by men, whereas only 27% are bought by women. Fact 5 Interestingly, 15% of women like sending themselves flowers on February 14th. Fact 6 Studies have shown ladies prefer to get their lovey-dovey gifts after a nice meal, whereas guys prefer theirs to be given in the morning. Fact 7 80% of women want underwear for Valentine’s Day! Fact 8 The first Valentine’s Day box of Chocolates was introduced by Richard Cadbury in 1868. Fact 9 During the Middle Ages, it was supposed that birds selected their mates during the month of February, and that’s why it became a month dedicated to love. Fact 10 The greatest structure built in the name of love – the Taj Mahal in India. The building was created by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his late wife.