Valentine’s Day is just a few days away. For a holiday so dear to our hearts, many of us don’t know too much about it. Interestingly, Valentine’s Day runs deep through our history. Some historians believe Valentine’s Day celebrations began in Ancient Rome during the rule of Claudius II. Throughout Europe, the holiday has been celebrated for hundreds of years. Dr. James Fondriest and our team in our North Shore dental office have compiled some fun facts about Valentine’s Day for our readers.
Valentine’s Day Dental Trivia
- Historians believe there was an actual person named Valentine. According to legend, he was a Bishop in Rome who married people in secret against the Emperor’s orders.
- Have you ever wondered where the phrase “wear your heart on your sleeve” comes from? In the middle ages, young people drew names to pick their Valentine. They would wear the name of the Valentine they chose pinned to their shirt sleeves.
- King Henry VII of England proclaimed February 14th as the official date for Valentine’s Day in 1537.
- The first box of chocolates for Valentine’s Day celebrations was manufactured by Richard Cadbury in the 1800’s.
- 73% of flowers bought for Valentine’s Day are purchased by males.
- Around 15% of women send flowers to themselves.
- Most red roses sold in the United States for Valentine’s Day are imported from South America
- Concerning the number of greeting cards bought, Valentine’s Day comes in second to Christmas.
- Venus, the Roman goddess of love, had a favorite flower: the red rose.
- $1 billion in chocolate is sold for Valentine’s Day in the United States alone.
If you feel like your smile isn’t ready for Valentine’s Day, come in to Lake Forest Dental Arts for a consultation. Our practice is dedicated to enhancing smiles. We offer cosmetic dentistry services such as teeth whitening systems, veneers, bonding, and dental implants. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Fondriest, contact our Chicago dentist office at (847) 234-0517. We serve Highland Park, Winnetka, Lake Forest, Glenview, North Shore, and the surrounding Chicago communities.