Valentine's Day

History

Legend contends that Valentine was a priest who served during the 3rd century in Rome. Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men. Others believe that Valentine may have been killed for attempting to help Christians escape harsh Roman prisons. Reasons why it's named after him; Valentine’s Day is celebrated in the middle of February to commemorate the anniversary of Valentine’s death or burial–which probably occurred around A.D. 270. Giving flowers goes back to the 1700's when Charles II of Sweden introduced the Persian custom of "The Language of the Flowers" to Europe.

Statistics of Flowers on V-Day

*Percentage of people giving flowers on V-Day= 34.3/100

*Number of Florists nationwide: 24,600

*Types of flowers bought:

-Red Roses-63%

-Mixed Flowers: 41%

-Roses (not red): 27%

-Plants: 22%

-Other: 30%