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Valentine's Day Traditions and Superstitions

Margaret Minnicks has been an online writer for many years. She writes articles that are interesting to her readers.


Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is celebrated on February 14 every year, no matter which day of the week it falls on. The day is recognized in most countries, even though it is not an official holiday. There are a lot of traditions and superstitions relating to the day.

Traditions are different depending on the country. While they vary, they all are centered around love and romance.

While the day is a happy one for most people, it is a day dreaded by singles especially those without a significant other.

While celebrating the day is a happy occasion in most countries, it is banned in Saudi Arabia. On February 14, everything associated with Valentine's Day is off-limits, including exchanging greeting cards, eating chocolate, giving flowers, and even wearing anything that is red.


Valentine's Day Traditions


Over 1 billion Valentine's Day cards are exchanged in the United States each year. Exchanging Valentine's Day cards comes second to exchanging Christmas cards. Valentine's Day is the largest seasonal card-sending occasion of the year, next to Christmas.

Giving cards are not reserved just for lovers. They are given to teachers, children, mothers, wives, sweethearts, and even pets. It is estimated that women buy 85 percent of all Valentine's Day cards. In recent years, cards are sent online. This doesn't make the greeting card stores very happy.

About $1.7 billion is spent on candy because more than 36 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate are sold every year. Most of them are bought by men. The average man spends $130 on candy, cards, flowers, jewelry, perfume, and dates. That’s more than double what women are known to spend.


Jewelry seems to be the most popular gift to give. About 20 percent of consumers are expected to buy jewelry. A total of $4.3 billion is usually spent on jewelry nationwide every year.


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Loved ones often spend $2 billion on flowers. Over 50 million red roses are given for Valentine's Day worldwide each year. The most popular Valentine's Day flowers are red roses. The Society of American Florists estimates that over 250 million roses are produced just for Valentine's Day.

About 73 percent of the people who buy flowers are men. Only 27 percent are women.


Valentine's Day Superstitions

A superstition is a belief in a supernatural causality that doing something will cause something else to happen. Some people believe in superstitions and live according to them.

There are some unbelievable superstitions surrounding Valentine's Day.

  • It is said that the kind of bird a girl sees on Valentine's Day is an indication of who she will marry. If she sees a red bird, she will marry a great lover. If she sees a sparrow, she will marry a poor man. Seeing a blackbird indicates she will marry a clergyman. If she wants to marry a millionaire, she should hope to see a goldfinch. If she sees an owl, she will remain a spinster. Hopefully, she will see a dove so she will have a happy and peaceful marriage.
  • A woman will find out the number of children she will have by counting the seeds in an apple after she cuts it in half.
  • The first name people see in the newspaper or hear on the television or radio will be the name of their future spouse.
  • Single people will eventually marry the first eligible single that they meet on Valentine's Day.
  • If a single person pins a sprig of rosemary inside the pillow on the Eve of Valentine's Day, the single person will dream of the future spouse.

Of course, the above list includes superstitions that might not have any merit. Do you believe in superstitions?


Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on February 04, 2018:

Wonderful, Tim! Enjoy your Valentine's Day!

Tim Truzy from U.S.A. on February 04, 2018:

Always fun articles from you. The superstitions made me laugh. Thanks for the wonderful information and I will be one of those guys buying flowers soon.



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