Every year on February 14th, love fills the air thanks to the hallowed Valentine’s Day. Here at Quality Unearthed we love nothing more than seeing everyone sharing the love is any number of capacities, so whether you’re giving a loved one a card, a night out at their favourite restaurant, or heading to one of our romantic glamping UK destinations, we want you to show the love wherever possible!
This romantic day is a special occasion in which we take the opportunity to show our loved ones how much they mean to us, and because of this we have compiled a list of fun facts for you to get you in the spirit for this love-filled holiday, should you need a little persuasion!
Here we go, lovers…
- Almost 480 years ago, in 1537, King Henry VII of England officially declared February 14 as the holiday of St. Valentine’s Day.
- Globally, more than 50 million roses are bought and handed out on Valentine’s Day annually.
- Richard Cadbury, of Cadbury’s chocolate fame, was behind the invention of the first Valentine’s Day chocolate box back in the late 1800s.
- Valentine’s Day cards are given, in order of the most popular, to teachers, children, mothers, wives, sweethearts and pets. Why not make your own this year, using recycled paper?
- The red rose was the much-loved flower of Venus, the Roman goddess of love.
- Around 8 billion confectionary-style hearts will be produced every year; that’s enough candy to stretch from Rome, Italy to Valentine, Arizona 20 times and back again.
- Every Valentine’s Day, Verona, the setting for Shakespeare’s love story, Romeo and Juliet, receives in the region of 1,000 letters addressed to Juliet.
- 220,000 is the average number of wedding proposals on Valentine’s Day each year. Where’s better than under the stars at one of Quality Unearthed’s luxury camping settings? They’re beautiful, memorable and unique… just a thought!
- During the Middle Ages, young men and women would draw names from a bowl and this would determine who their Valentine wold be. They would then wear the picked name on their sleeves for one week so that everyone could see. And this is where the origin of the saying, “to wear your heart on your sleeve,” comes from.