Valentine’s Day Fun Facts

Valentine’s Day Fun Facts

Courtesy of funtrivia.com* Approximately 36 million boxes of chocolate were sold for Valentine’s Day in 2003. This figure comes from the Chocolate Manufacturer’s Association.* One legend of St. Valentine contends that he was a priest in thurd century Rome. The emporer outlawed marriage because single men made better warriors. Valentine, however, continued to perform marriages in secret. When the Emperor discovered what Valentine was doing he ordered Valentine be put to death. That Emperor was Claudius II. Claudius II died if the plague not long after the death of Valentine. He is one of the few Roman emperors to die a “natural” death.{{more}}* Others claim that the Christian church decided to celebrate the feast of Valentine in an effort to ‘christianize’ the celebrants of a pagan festical held in mid-February called Lupercalia. Lupercalia was considered a purification and fertility rite.* The olderst valentine that is still in existence today was written by Charles, Duke of Orleas to his wife. Charles penned this valentine in the Tower of London. The greeting is now located in the British Library in London.* Approximately 85% of Valentine’s Day cards are purchased by women, according to the Greeting Card Association.* Approximately 1 billion Valentine’s Day card are sent each year. Valentine’s Day is the second largest card-sending holiday of the year. Christmas is the first with approximately 2.6 billion cards sent.* Shakespeare’s play “Hamlet” mentions St. Valentine’s Day. Ophelia sings, “Good morrow! ‘Tis St. Valentine’s Day; All in the morning bedtime, and I am maid at your window,; To be your valentine!”* The most notorious St. Valentine’s Day was in 1929 when seven people were gunned down in an assassination attempt in the Chicago. Five members of Al Capone’s gang planned to kill Bugs Moran. Bugs Moran was on his way to the garage where the killing took place, but turned away when he say someone dressed as a policeman and escaped. One of the seven killed was an innocent man who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.* A Roman myth says that roses grew when Cupid was carrying a certain liquid to the gods on Mt. Olympus. Cupid spilled the liquid and from that spot grew roses. That liquid was nectar. Nectar was the drink of the gods, ambrosia the food of the gods.