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Interesting Valentine’s Day Facts

Valentine’s Day Rose Secrets Revealed

Ever wonder how many roses are sold during Valentine’s Day or how the rose got its name? Wonder no more, Valentines!
  • Over 110 million Valentines roses (the majority being what else—red) will be sold and delivered within the three days leading up to Valentine’s Day.
  • Parents receive 1 out of every 5 Valentines.
  • About 3% of pet owners will give Valentine’s Day gifts to their pets.
  • More than 36 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate will be sold for Valentine’s celebrations.
  • Over 64% of men don’t make plans ahead of time for a romantic Valentine’s Day.* (Men: file this under “Don’t Let This Happen to You!”)
  • According to the National Retail Federation, 57% of women will give chocolate to their sweetheart for Valentine’s Day.
  • According to Greek single-red-long-stem-roseMythology, it was Aphrodite, the goddess of love, who gave the rose its name.
  • Shakespeare refers to roses more than 50 times throughout his writings.
  • The world’s oldest living rose is thought to be 1,000 years old! Today it continues to flourish on the wall of the Hildesheim Cathedral in Germany.
  • Roses are truly ageless. Recently, archaeologists discovered the fossilized remains of wild roses over 40 million years old.
  • Romans believed white roses grew where the tears of Venus fell as she mourned the loss of her beloved Adonis. The story goes that Venus walked through the garden and pricked her foot on a thorn, with the droplets of her blood turning the roses red.
  • Myth also has it that Venus’ son Cupid accidentally shot arrows into the rose garden when a bee stung him, and it was the “sting” of the arrows that caused the roses to grow thorns.
  • Leave it to the romantic French to be first to deliver roses! In the 17th Century, French explorer Samuel de Champlain brought the first cultivated roses to North America.
  • In AD 496, Pope Gelasius declared February 14 Valentine’s Day. There are several theories on the origin of this holiday of love. One of the most popular being that it was to commemorate the patron saint, St. Valentine, who was beheaded in the middle of February. It is also rumored that St. Valentine wrote a love letter before his death, signing it with the now-popular saying “From Your Valentine”.
  • During the Middle Ages, several countries including France and England believed February 14 was the beginning of the mating season for birds, which further strengthened the belief that this day should be a celebration of love.
  • The oldest known written Valentine card was a poem written by Charles, Duke of New Orleans, to his wife. The poem originated in 1415 and today can be found in the British Library in London.
Survey conducted by the Chocolate Manufacturer’s Association
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