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Saturday, February 12, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day !
A little Valentine's Day trivia ~
  • Valentine's Day is named after the Patron Saint - Saint Valentine.

  • Valentine's Day is believed to have its roots in the ancient Roman festival of Lupercalia.

  • Shakespeare made a reference to Valentine's Day in his play 'Hamlet' (Act 4, Scene 5).

  • St. Valentine's Day was declared an official holiday in 1537, by England's King Henry VIII.

  • Flowers are the most popular Valentine's Day gift.

  • It is believed that the 14th of February is the day when birds and fowls select their mates.

  • Sweden is the only country that does not celebrate Valentine's Day.

  • More than 35 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate will be sold for Valentine's day

  • In the Middle Ages, men and women used to draw names from a bowl to see who their valentine would be.

  • It has been estimated that as many as one billion cards are sent world-wide each year, on Valentine's Day.

  • In 1866, candy manufacturer NECCO made the first " Conversation Hearts" - then called "Motto Hearts". According to NECCO, eight billion of these little candies are sold between January 1 and February 14.