It’s supposed to be the most romantic day of the year, but Valentine’s Day has some gory origins.
The story is a bit fuzzy, but the day is tied to Saint Valentine, who lived and died in the third century.
Valentine was rumoured to marry couples in secret, so men didn’t have to go to war.
The story doesn’t end well for him. He was put in prison, supposedly falling in love with the jailers daughter.
On one February 14th, he was executed, but not before apparently leaving a love letter for the woman — signed, “Your Valentine.”
The day of Valentine’s death wasn’t celebrated for a while.
The Valentine’s Day we’ve come to know likely started in the Middle Ages in Western Europe.
About halfway through the month of February, around the 14th, birds began to pair up making it a season for love.
If you’re single for Valentine’s Day, you’re not alone.
In Winnipeg, there are more than 250,000 singles, according to Statistics Canada.
Those are people over the age of 15 who aren’t living with a spouse or common law partner.
If you’re not single, the day of roses and chocolate could cost you.
Here in Canada, we buy a lot of roses annually.
In 2014, we produced 5.9 million rose stems and imported 12.3 million dozen cut roses and rose buds, according to a Statistics Canada.
Typically in a year, every household spends just shy of $200 on chocolate and candy.