Valentine’s Day 2014 Statistics: Surprising Facts About the Holiday

February 12, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015    

Valentine’s Day 2014 is almost upon us, and we’ve compiled some interesting statistics and facts about the holiday.

Let’s check them out:

-An estimated 233 million roses were purchased on Valentine’s Day last year, according to eNation. The most fresh flowers per year are sold on the holiday.

-One out of five roses purchased were for the buyer’s mother.

-More than half of the gift givers this year will buy candy, according to the National Retail Foundation, spending $1.6 billion. Another one-third will buy flowers.

-Men will spend an average of $175 on the holiday this year, compared to an average of $88 for women.

-There’s no consensus on how Valentine’s Day started. One theory is that St. Valentine defied a ban by the Roman emperor Cladius II–meant to bolster the army–of no young men marrying by performing secret marriages. However, this eventually got Valentine executed on February 14, sometime between the years 300 and 400 A.D.