Across many parts of the world on 14 February, flowers, cards and gifts will be exchanged between loved ones, as St. Valentine's day is celebrated.
The oldest known valentine still in existence today was a poem written by Charles, Duke of Orleans to his wife while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London following his capture at the Battle of Agincourt. The greeting, which was written in 1415, is part of the manuscript collection of the British Library in London.
Approximately 25% of individual valentine cards are humorous, with adults aged 35-and-under being the most likely to send humorous cards.
Red is the most popular color choice for valentine cards, follow by pink and then white. Hearts, roses, Cupid and lace are traditional valentine card icons.
In Finland Valentine’s Day is called ystävänpäivä which means "Friend’s Day". As the name suggests, this day is more about remembering friends than romance
In Germany, girls would plant onions in a pot on Valentine's Day, and next to the onions, they placed the name of a boy. They believed they would marry the boy whose name was nearest the first onion to grow
In Japan and Korea, it is the women who give Valentine's gifts, with men reciprocating a month later.
Three precent of pet owners buy Valentines gifts for their animals, a study found.
A billion valentines cards are sent globally each year, a number exceeded only by Christmas
In 1537, King Henry VII declared 14 February as a holiday for Saint Valentine's Day
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