Monday, February 14, 2011

History Of Valentine's Day For Kids

Valentine’s Day – a day for us to celebrate the love we have for our significant other. But where did it come from?

The origin of Valentine’s Day can be traced to an ancient Roman festival of love and romances. Depending on what you read, there are many legends associated with the festival along with the belief that birds began to mate on this day.

Here are some fun Valentine’s Day facts you can share with your sweetie or use to impress your friends!

The Italian City of Verona, where ShakespeareShakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet lived, receives over 1,000 letters addressed to Juliet every Valentine’s Day.

Women purchase 85% of all valentines, and about 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged in US each year. Next to Christmas, it’s the largest seasonal card sending occasion of the year.

About 3% of pet owners give Valentine’s Day gifts to their pets.

Richard Cadbury gave the first ever Valentine’s Day candy box in the late 1800s.

Over 50 million roses are given on Valentine’s Day each year. California produces 60 percent of American roses, but most roses sold in the United States are imported, mostly from South America.

110 million roses, the majority red, will be sold and delivered within a three-day time period.

73% of people who buy flowers for Valentine’s Day are men.

“To wear your heart on your sleeve”…we’ve all heard the adage, but where does it come from? In the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names to see who their valentine would be. They’d wear the name of their valentine on their sleeves for one week. “To wear your heart on your sleeve” comes from this tradition, but now means that it is easy for other people to know how you are feeling.

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