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Good Question: What's the history of Valentine's Day?

Another Valentine's Day has come an gone, we certainly hope you received a Valentine from your special someone.

Good Question: What's the history of Valentine's Day?

We all know Valentine's Day is a day all about love.

Complete with flowers, candy even that special Valentine for your special someone.

Valentine's Day is named for one or more early Christian martyrs like Saint Valentine.

It was established by the Pope in 496 AD.

History has it that during Roman times the emperor did not allow young men to marry because he was trying to build up his army.

Saint Valentine its said to have gone behind his back and married many couples anyway.

He was executed though for it on February 14th.

Now, instead of death the day celebrates love and its big business.

The National Retail Federation says people will spend nearly $16 billion on the day,
190 million cards were most likely exchanged and when it comes to a sweet tooth each year 36 billion heart shaped boxes of candy are given.

Ten percent of couples pick Valentine's Day to get engaged.

Cupid may be one of the most recognizable symbols of the day.

According to Roman mythology, Cupid was the son of Venus, the goddess of love and beauty.
Cupid was known to cause people to fall in love by shooting them with his magical arrows.

Another symbol those little, edible colorful hearts.

Did you know that about eight billion conversation hearts were produced for Valentine's this year?

At least 10 new conversation heart sayings are introduced each year.

As for who receives the most Valentine's each year, that honor goes to school teachers.


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