There’s no doubt about it.
Valentine’s Day is one of American’s most popular holidays.
More than 62％ of Americanscelebrate it by sending greeting cards and flowers,
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giving candy or other gifts, enjoying romantic dinners or all three.
But the history behind Valentine’s Day turns out be somewhat surprising.
For example, the roots of Valentine’s Day go all the way back to
a rockies ancient Roman fertility festival heldin mid-February called Lupercalia.
Later, the Christian church chose mid-February for Saint Valentine’s Day
in order to christianize the celebration.
But who was Saint Valentine?
Not much has known about the holiday’s name, Saint.
First of all, there was more than just one christian cleric named Valentine.
One of them was sentenced to death
for performing marry ceremonies in secret,
after emperor Claudius II banned marriage for young Roman man,
thinking single man made better soldiers.
Pope Gelasius declare February 14th as a day
for honouring the soft-hearted Valentine at the end of fifth century.
It wasn’t until the 1300s though
that the holiday became definitely associated with love and romance.
Back then, people believed that February 14th was also
the beginning of birds’ mating season.
The first written Valentine greetings appeared in the 15th century.
And by the 17th century, people in Great Britain had begun
a tradition of exchanging Valentine’s Day cards or letters.
Valentine’s Day soon caught on in the US as well.
The first mass produced holiday cards emerged in 1840s.
And Valentine’s Day soon exploded into a major consumer holiday.
Today, an estimated one billion Valentine cards are sent each year,
more than on any other holiday,
except for Christmas.
More than 35 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate are sold.
And more than 220 million roses are produced
for the holiday in a typical year.
All together, Americans spend almost $20 billion on Valentine’s Day
or an average of some $130 per person per year.
Well, the most popular gifts were candy and flowers.
Nearly 20% of American splurge on jewelery,
showing out as much as $4 billion annually.
And those who prefer the ultimate romatic gesture
are defintely not alone.
A recent survey revealed that as many as 6 million couples
are likely to get engaged on February 14th,
continuing a long romantic history that we bet you didn’t know.