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Valentine’s Day 2011: Valentine’s Day History, Facts, Trivia

It’s Valentine’s Day. A day of love, a day of bitterness. But whichever you choose you should at least know the history of the day. Valentine’s Day is celebrated each year on Feb. 14. The origins of the holiday are a little blurry. Some say Valentine’s was born out of the feast of Lupercalia, an ancient Roman festival, others say it comes from Saint Valentine of the Christian Church. But here are a few things we do know about Valentine’s Day.

Cupid is the symbol for the Roman God of Love.

Pope Gelasius declared February 14 St. Valentine’s Day around 498 A.D.


In the past some cultures believed that the first unmarried person you met on Valentine’s Day would become your spouse.

Men buy 73 percent of Valentine’s Day flowers

Women buy 23 percent of all Valentine flowers.

Three percent of pet owners give Valentine gifts to their pets.

Back in the day, it was said if a woman saw a goldfinch on Valentine’s Day, she was destined to marry a millionaire.

Ancient cultures believed the human soul lived in the heart.

The first Valentine’s Day box of chocolates was introduced by Richard Cadbury in 1868.

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