Top 4 Interesting Valentine's Day Facts

Whether you like it or not, Valentine's day is coming up... Restaurants will be full and shops will be filled with heart-shaped chocolates. At least that's what Valentine's Day is now. In this blog, we'll be looking at the interesting history of Valentine's day, as well as some fun facts about it in the modern day.

 

How did it start?

 

There are various theories about how Valentine's day began. We covered a few in our recent blog post, "Valentine's Day With Total Merchandise". The most popular theory for how Valentine's Day began goes back to the Roman empire. Rumour has it Emperor Claudius II outlawed marriage of young men as he thought married men didn't fight as well as unmarried men. A bishop by the name of Valentine fought against the law, performing marriages in secret. When the Romans found out, Bishop Valentine was sent to prison and executed. While he was in jail, Valentine sent a note to the jailor's daughter signed, "From your Valentine".

More sceptical folk believe Valentine's Day was a creation of greeting card companies, manufactured in order to sell more cards. If this is true then they did a good job, as Valentine's Day sells the second most amount of cards for all holidays.

 

How many cards are sent?

 

Research shows that 180 million Valentine's Day cards are sent each year. That's an impressive figure, but there's more! On average $13 billion (over 9 billion Great British Pounds) is spent on Valentine's Day (that includes cards, as well as meals, presents etc.) Furthermore, almost 200 million roses are produced each year due to Valentine's Day demand.

 

What if I'm single?

 

A friendly dog receiving a Valentine's Day Card

Many people are single on Valentine's Day, don't worry there's a couple of other ways you can celebrate. Have you ever heard of Singles Awareness Day? Abbreviated as SAD, Singles Awareness Day is celebrated on 14th February and involves treating yourself to a gift or fun activity or doing something with your friends.

Alternatively, if you have a pet, you could do what roughly 3% of pet owners do on Valentine's Day and give a card to your pet.

 

Traditions

 

Valentine's Day may seem like a relatively modern holiday, however, these traditions go way back! The idea of giving a box of chocolates to a loved one goes back over 140 years. Valentine's Cards were sent in Victorian times when it was considered bad luck sign your name on a Valentine's Card.

 

 

 

Written by

Total Merchandise | Editoral Team

Our editorial team is drawn from a pool of experienced promotional merchandise product team members, account managers, marketers and other contributors. With such a wide range of skills and experience, they write about many aspects of promotional merchandise, wider marketing and business matters, as well as company news updates.

Connect with Total Merchandise on LinkedIn Connect with Total Merchandise on LinkedIn

Total Merchandise
Promotional Merchandise Items That Can Help Mental Wellbeing

Promotional Merchandise Items That Can Help Mental Wellbeing

The conversation around mental health and wellbeing is growing ever-louder and - it goes without saying - with due cause. With levels of stress, anxiety and depression at all-ti

The TM Edit: Our Most Popular Promotional Products Of 2019

The TM Edit: Our Most Popular Promotional Products Of 2019

With the end of the year - and decade! - fast-approaching, we've decided to shine a light on the most popular promotional products of 2019.  These are no o

Get Ahead of The Competition with Best-Selling Sports Merchandise

Get Ahead of The Competition with Best-Selling Sports Merchandise

With 84% of Brits having watched some sort of sport on the BBC alone last summer, it's fair to say that we're a nation of sports fans. Whether it was the FA Cup final, W

Plantable Promotional Products To Let Your Brand Bloom This Spring

Plantable Promotional Products To Let Your Brand Bloom This Spring

Winter is slowly edging away - well, kind of - and now's the perfect time to start planning for your spring marketing activity. And what better way to grow your bran

Total Merchandise Wins With BRIMAN At The BPMA Awards 2024

Total Merchandise Wins With BRIMAN At The BPMA Awards 2024

Last week, we attended the BPMA Awards: an annual celebration of the promotional merchandise industry, hosted by the British Promotional Merchandise Association (BPMA).

12 Valentine's Day Merchandise Ideas To Show Customers You Care

12 Valentine's Day Merchandise Ideas To Show Customers You Care

Valentine's Day 2024 is fast approaching - and this year, why not show your clients exactly how much your company appreciates their business? After all, sho