So, whether you celebrate it or not …. and how you may choose to celebrate it …. it’s Valentine’s Day today. But just who was Saint Valentine? Here’s some trivia about this holiday:
- The Catholic Church lists several different saints named Valentine or Valentinus, all of whom were martyred. One story is that Valentine was a priest who defied the Roman Emperor Claudius and performed marriages in secret (and when he was discovered, was put to death).
- Whichever Saint Valentine there actually was, Valentine’s Day is speculated to be not on the date of his death, but on a date to coincide with the pagan fertility festival of Lupercalia.
- Whatever the reason for Valentine’s Day actually is, people in a number of different countries celebrate it. Statistics from 2013 show that 145 million Valentine’s Day cards were purchased, which keeps it in line with the consistent statistics that indicate it’s the second largest holiday when cards are sent (Christmas is #1).
- Necco Candy Company produces about 100,000 pounds of those little candy conversation hearts every year, when they sell about 8 billion pounds of them. No word on what dentists do to celebrate this in the months after Valentine’s Day.