History of Valentine's Day
Valentine's day was named after a Christian martyr in the 5th century. It originates from the Roman holiday Lupercalia. At this time the Romans were lead by Emperor Claudius II. He decided to ban marriage because he thought single soldiers were better. A priest named Valentine continued to preform marriage to young couples in secret. Sending flowers on Valentine's Day is a way to send a non-verbal message. It continues to be a way to show sentimental love.
Roses are the number one selling flower. In 2008 about 214 million roses were sold around Valentine's day.