A Valentine’s Day Quiz: Valentine’s Day Trivia
“Love is just a word until someone comes along and gives it meaning.” – Anonymous
Many people believe Valentine’s Day is a day made up by greeting card companies to sell more cards. But there is more to this special day than cards. Take the Valentine's Day quiz below and see how well you know Valentine’s Day trivia and traditions. The answers follow the questions, but no peeking or Cupid’s arrow will miss its mark!
1- Who is St. Valentine and why do we have a day commemorating him?
2- 15% of women receive flowers from whom?
3- How many Valentine’s Day cards are sent each year?
4- Who is Cupid’s mother and why is Cupid associated with Valentine’s Day?
5- Who introduced the first box of Valentine’s Day chocolates?
6- What percentage of pet owners buys their pet a gift for Valentine’s Day?
7- Put the following people in order from those receiving the most Valentine’s Day gifts to those receiving the least amount: wives, kids, sweethearts, teachers, and mothers.
8- Where did the phrase ‘wearing your heart on your sleeve’ originate?
9- Why are red roses associated with Valentine’s Day?
10- Why do we wear a wedding ring on the finger next to the pinkie finger on the left hand?
1- St. Valentine was a Roman clergyman executed on February 14th in 270 AD for secretly marrying couples in defiance of the emperor Claudius. Claudius was having trouble recruiting men for his armies because the married men did not want to leave their families for as long as Claudius’s campaigns would keep them away. So Claudius forbids all marriages, thinking that the young men would have no ties and would then join the army. Of course this did not work. St. Valentine was arrested for performing marriages. On the day that he died he sent a message to the daughter of the prison guard who visited him in jail thanking her for her friendship and loyalty and signed it “Love from your Valentine”. This is believed to have been the beginning of exchanging messages with your loved ones on February 14th.
2- 15% of women actually send flowers to themselves on Valentine’s Day. I suppose it is because they have no one to send them flowers and they want everyone to think they do. But there may be other reasons! Such as, many men believe buying flowers is a waste of money.
3- There are approximately one billion cards sent for Valentine’s Day each year – second only to Christmas.
4- Cupid’s mother is Venus, the Roman goddess of love and beauty. Cupid’s name means desire or love and if you are hit by one of his magical arrows, you will fall in love with the first person that you see.
5- The first box of chocolates in a heart-shaped box was introduced by Richard Cadbury in 1868.
6- 3% of pet owners buy their pet a Valentine’s Day gift. Wonder what they buy?
7- This one is surprising. From most to least: teachers, kids, mothers, wives, and in last place, sweethearts! Who would guess sweethearts to be in last place?!
8- Back in the Middle Ages, the young men and women drew names form a bowl to see who their Valentine would be. They attached these names to their sleeve for a week for all to see. Wearing your heart on your sleeve now means it is easy for someone to tell how you feel.
9- Red roses were the favorite flower of Venus, the Roman goddess of love. The color red also conveys strong feelings.
10- This tradition comes from ancient Egypt. They believed the vein of love ran from this finger directly to the heart. So wearing the wedding ring on this finger means you love the person you married with all of your heart.
So how did you do?
0-4 correct answers - Cupid’s arrow missed you entirely!
4-6 correct answers - You probably won’t ever be lonely, but you could use some lessons in love!
7-10 correct answers - Congratulations! You will be the perfect Valentine!
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