9 Facts that will shock you about Valentine’s Day
1. 10% of the total wedding proposals each year in the United States take place on Valentine’s Day.
There is love in the air, romance all around you, it’s only natural that couples across the country are catching the commitment bug! An estimated 220,000 couples get engaged on the great day of romance. Despite this, a full 40% of people polled stated that they felt negatively about the holiday.
2. 110 million of the 189 million flowers sold on Valentine’s Day in the United States are red.
Every year more than 189 million flowers are sold in United States on Valentine’s Day. Approximately 110 million of those flowers are red. So where exactly do all those beautiful flowers come from? About 60% of the roses grown in the U.S. are produced in California, however on Valentine’s Day, 90% of the flowers sold are imported from Columbia and Ecuador in South America.
3. The amount of flowers sold on Valentine’s Day amounts to more than the GDP of Jamaica.
Valentine’s Day has long been known as the high holiday for florists across the nation, with hundreds of thousands of flowers being sold on the big day. This one special day rakes in business around $14.7 billion. This amounts to more than the total GDP of Jamaica, Zimbabwe, Albania, Mongolia and the Republic of Congo! Of all the purchasers of these flowers, 73% are men, whereas on 27% are women. Sounds like a lot of men getting flowers right? Wrong. Of the 27% of women buying flowers, 15% buy them for themselves and the rest claim they are for their mothers, siblings or friends.
4. In Japan single girls are the ones to buy the Valentine’s Day chocolates.
Valentine’s Day was first introduced to Japan in 1936 and and has since become a hugely popular holiday. However, an error in translation by a chocolate company, led to women being the only to buy Valentine chocolates for their spouses, boyfriends, or friends on Valentine’s Day. It has even become a special day and, for many, the only day of the year where a single women will reveal their crush on a man by gifting him chocolate. The men do not return the favor until White Day, a specially designated “answer day” to the revelations of the single women on Valentine’s Day. This falls on March 14.
5. School teachers receive the most Valentine’s Day cards.
According to studies done on the holiday, school teachers receive the most Valentine’s cards. They are closely followed by children, mothers, and wives. It is estimated that children globally, between the ages of 6-10 years, exchange more than 650 million Valentine cards every year. According to Hallmark, 151 million cards are sold for Valentine’s Day in the United States whereas a whopping 1.6 billion are exchanged during the Christmas holiday season.
6. The Cadbury chocolate company is the reason behind our association of the holiday with chocolate.
Giving chocolate to a loved one on Valentine’s Day is a time-honored tradition, a MUST for many in particularly traditional relationships, but just where did this come from? Cadbury, that’s where. Richard Cadbury, the founder of the Cadbury chocolates brand is responsible for the earliest known box of Valentine’s Day chocolates. In 1868, he gave some of his now world-renowned chocolates to his love in a heart-shaped box. It was so successful, he decided to begin producing them for others, and thus, a tradition was born.
7. Men spend TWICE as much on Valentine’s Day than women.
On average, men spend twice as much as their female counterparts on gifts, cards and other romantic paraphernalia for Valentine’s Day. The average American will spend around $120 on the holiday. The average man will spend $150, whereas the average woman will only spend about $85. Over one-third of pen polled claimed that they would rather not receive anything for Valentine’s Day. In contrast, less than 20% of women polled in the same survey stated that they would rather not receive anything. When it comes towhead they’re purchasing, 65% purchase greeting cards, 44% will spend on a date night, 38% on candy, 32% on flowers and 29% on gift cards.
8. The heart was thought to be the organ that felt love.
Red hearts are now synonymous with Valentine’s Day symbolism. Red is, amongst other things, traditionally associated with the color of our blood. In the past, this lead people to believe that the heart, which pumps blood through our body, was the part of the body that could feel love, thus associating it with the emotion. When the ancient Egyptians mummified their dead for burial, they removed every organ except for the heart because they believed that the heart was the only part of the human body that was thus necessary for the trip through eternity.
9. Retail statistics estimate that more than 3% of pet owners will buy a gift for their pet on Valentine’s Day.
Over 3% of dog owners in the United States will buy a gift for their furry friend on Valentine’s Day. It’s not only on the most romantic day of the year when dogs and cats across the nation get special treatment, an estimated 1 million dogs in the U.S. have been named the primary beneficiary in their owner's will. Although there are more cats as pets in the United States than dogs, dogs still clench the title of man’s best friend and have been known to stick by their owners in almost any situation. Google also states in their code of conduct that they are a dog company, preferring the canines over the feline counterparts.