United States (AHN) – On Tuesday, millions of romantics, both young and old, will express their ardor and appreciation to their special someone (or ones) in a variety of ways.
Following are a few fun facts and tidbits about the popular day traditionally linked to love.
Valentine’s Day is named in honor of St. Valentine who secretly married couples in the Roman Empire after Emperor Claudius II of Rome canceled all marriages and engagements.
Some 1 million cards are sold and exchanged in the United States each Valentine’s Day, making it the second biggest day for the greeting industry after Christmas.
In order of popularity, Valentine’s Day cards are purchased for teachers, children, mothers, wives, sweethearts and pets.
More than 50 million roses are given as gifts on Valentine’s Day, with red the most favored hue. Approximately 110 million roses will be sold over a three-day time frame in the United States this year.
Roses are a potent romantic symbol of passion, beauty and love. Red roses symbolize love, yellow is for friendship, white stands for purity, and pink is for sweethearts. Black roses signify farewell, alas.
In addition to cards and roses, chocolates, sweets, lingerie, stuffed animals, perfume and jewelry are other popular gifts on Valentine’s Day.
According to the Retail Federation, Americans will spend an average of $126 each on their special someone.