Facts about V-Day

Did you know February is National Chocolate Month?

I didn’t. Aside from this, according to Holiday Insights, February is also:

  • American Heart Month
  • An Affair to Remember Month
  • Black History Month
  • Canned Food Month
  • Creative Romance Month
  • Great American Pie Month
  • National Cherry Month
  • National Children’s Dental Health Month
  • National Grapefruit Month
  • National Weddings Month

As days get closer to Valentine’s Day, more and more awareness weeks and days pop up. I’m not advocating that we do away with sexual health awareness week (this week), but shouldn’t we give V-Day a proper celebration?

Regardless of how you feel about a day set aside for loving one another, there are many interesting facts surrounding the infamous holiday.

For example, did you know…?

  1. 141 million cards are exchanged each Valentine’s Day. Here are some of my personal favorites.

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  1. 244 million roses are grown each year for Valentine’s Day.

They typically come in six colors and they all mean something different.

Red: love and romance

Pink: grace and elegance

Yellow: warmth and happiness

White: innocence and purity 

Orange: desire and enthusiasm

Lavender: enchantment

  1. 36 million boxes of chocolate will be given this year for Valentine’s Day.

And finally, if your date gets you one of these seven things, don’t be offended. Valentine’s Day is a complicated one, in that it is almost required that you buy something that is a direct reflection of your current relationship. If you know your girlfriend needs a new curling iron, it’s taboo to buy it for her on this holiday. This day is for framed pictures of the two of you, giant, gaudy stuffed animals and half-hearted attempts at poetry.

No wonder America collectively groans when this holiday rolls around.

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