Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Some Valentine's Day Facts
- The expression "wearing your heart on your sleeve" comes from a Valentine's Day party tradition. Young women would write their names on slips of paper to be drawn by young men. A man would then wear a woman's name on his sleeve to claim her as his valentine.
- Early Christians saw Valentine's Day as a way to honor St. Valentine. The Catholic Church recognizes three saints by that name - all were martyred on February 14.
- The United States, Canada, Mexico, United Kingdom, France and Australia all celebrate Valentine's Day.
- Over 1 billion Valentine cards are sent in the U.S each year.
- 85% of all valentines are purchased by women.
- Parents receive 1 out of every 5 valentines.]
Valentine's Day and Mother's Day are the biggest holidays for giving flowers.
- Worldwide, over 50 million roses are given for Valentine's Day each year.
- Men buy most of the millions of boxes of candy and bouquets of flowers given on Valentine's Day.
- Married on Valentine's Day:
Diane Ladd, Sharon Stone, Prince, Roseanne, Jerry Garcia, Harold Robbins, Meg Ryan, Dennis Quaid and Elton John
- Born On Valentine's Day:
Hugh Downs, Florence Henderson, Carl Bernstein, Gregory Hines, magician Teller of Penn and Teller, Ken Wahl and Meg Tilly