About 141 million Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged annually, making Valentine’s Day the second-most popular greeting-card-giving occasion. (This total excludes packaged kids valentines for classroom exchanges.)
In addition to the U.S., Valentine’s Day is celebrated in Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, France, Australia, Denmark, Italy and Japan.
In February 2006, nearly 30,000 jewelry stores combined to sell $2.6 billion worth of merchandise.
Rose colors have meaning. A yellow rose symbolizes friendship. A pink rose symbolizes love, grace and gentility. A red rose symbolizes romantic love. A white rose can mean innocence, charm or secrecy.
Who is cupid?
Cupid is the ancient Roman god of love in all its varieties. According to myth, Cupid was the son of Mercury, the winged messenger of the gods, and Venus, the goddess of love. He often appeared as a winged infant carrying a bow and a quiver of arrows whose wounds inspired love or passion in his every victim. He was sometimes portrayed wearing armor like that of Mars, the god of war, perhaps to suggest parallels between warfare and romance or to symbolize the invincibility of love.