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!
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.
Roughly 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged across the world each year.
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.
73% of flowers are bought by men, whereas only 27% are bought by women.
Interestingly, 15% of women like sending themselves flowers on February 14th.
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.
80% of women want underwear for Valentine’s Day!
The first Valentine’s Day box of Chocolates was introduced by Richard Cadbury in 1868.
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.
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.