Like a lot of popular modern holidays, Valentine’s Day has its roots in ancient traditions, religious rituals and important figures of the time. And like a lot of popular modern holidays, we have successfully turned Valentine’s Day into a flamboyant, color-soaked, commercial affair with a cute winged mascot to boot. Somehow since its humble beginnings in ancient Rome, Valentine’s Day has become one of the most celebrated holidays of the year, with some pretty outstanding, sometimes unsettling, statistics…

  • Average spent annually in the US on Valentine’s Day – $18.5 billion
  • Valentine’s Cards exchanged annually – 180 million
  • Average number of roses grown for Valentine’s Day – 224 million
  • Percent of Valentine’s Day cards bought by women – 85%
  • Percent of all flowers purchased by men – 73%
  • Percent of women who send themselves flowers on Valentine’s Day – 14%
  • Average number of children conceived on Valentine’s Day – 11,000
  • Pounds of chocolate purchased during Valentine’s week – 58 million
  • Number of Sweetheart conversation hearts produced annually – 8 billion
  • Average spent per capita on Valentine’s Day gifts for pets – $5.50

Whether you need to send flowers to yourself or pick up a nice bouquet of rose-shaped treats for your favorite dog, don’t leave it to the last minute – with statistics like that, you don’t want to miss out!
Happy Valentine’s Day from everyone at Beth Ferester & Company.

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