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February, the month of love and romance! Here are 10 quirky facts about Valentine’s Day that you may not know!

In Finland Valentine’s Day is called Ystävänpäivä which translates to “Friend’s Day” and the love of friendship is celebrated.

It is widely believed that the X symbol became synonymous with the kiss during medieval times. Those who were unable to write their names signed in front of a witness with an X. The X was then kissed to show their sincerity.

Again, in medieval times, girls would eat bizarre foods on this day to help them dream of their future spouse.

King Henry VII declared February 14th the Holiday of St Valentine’s in 1537. His son was certainly a lady’s man!

In the 1800’s, doctors often advised patients to eat chocolate to ease the pain of a broken heart.

Each Valentine’s Day, the Italian City of Verona, the setting of Romeo and Juliet, received about 1000 letters addressed to Juliet.

10% of ALL marriage proposals will happen on Valentine’s Day!

During the Middle Ages, people would draw names from a bowl to determine who would be their valentine. They would then pin the name to their sleeve for a week, so everyone could see. This is where we get the expression “to wear your heart on your sleeve” from.

February 14th is also a day to celebrate being single and is also known as Singles Awareness Day (SAD for short)…

It is the second largest seasonal card sending time of year with around 1 billion cards being sent around the globe.

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