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Valentine’s Day – The Facts

Courtesy of this morning’s i, we give you a summary of the facts and figures for this flirtatious festival:

14 February

Geoffrey Chaucer was the first person to record the link between the feast of the Christian martyr Saint Valentine and romantic love.

Anonymous Valentines

Anonymous love letters became popular in he early 19th century as postage costs fell. A somewhat socially prudish period – racy poetry could be sent in secret.

Red Roses

In the medieval French poem Roman de la Rose, the Rose is a woman pursued by a courtly lover. Roses have since been the ultimate romantic gift.

Money

According to a survey, we Brits spend £145 for Valentine’s Day, whilst the Spanish and French spend £218 and £208 respectively.

Chocolates

Cadburry’s produced the first ever box of Valentine’s chocolates in 1868.

Cards

Hallmark produced the first Valentine’s card in 1913. Around one billion cards are sent every year, and around 85% of these are from women.

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