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.