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Facts you may not know about Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day, also know as Saint Valentine's Day, is celebrated around the world on February 14 each year.

The red rose was the favourite flower of Venus, the Roman goddess of love Credit: Ina Fassbender/DPA/Press Association Images

Here is a list of facts you may not know about the most romantic day of the year:

  • Valentine’s Day is most commonly associated with a Roman priest and physician who was beheaded on February 14, 269
  • England's King Henry VII officially declared February 14, the holiday of St Valentine's Day, in 1537
  • In Victorian times it was considered bad luck to sign a Valentine's Day card
  • In Mexico, February 14 is a day of national mourning
  • Around one billion Valentine's Day cards are exchanged each year, which makes it the second largest seasonal card sending time of the year
  • In medieval times, girls ate bizzare foods on St Valentine's Day in the hope it would make them dream of their future spouse
  • In the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names from a bowl to see who their valentines would be
  • The red rose was the favourite flower of Venus, the Roman goddess of love
  • If you are single, superstition has it that if you spot a Goldfinch on Valentine's Day it means you will marry a millionaire
  • Men account for 73 per cent of Valentine's Day flower sales
  • 32% of consumers plan to do their Valentine’s Day shopping online