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30 Valentine’s Day Trivia Questions on All Things Love

How much do you know about this popular romantic holiday? Put your knowledge to the test with these Valentine's Day trivia questions.

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Valentine’s Day is a day where people celebrate love, romance, and those who mean the most to them. People think of the best Valentine’s Day ideas for their special someone, the perfect gifts to get them, and how to make those they love feel like a million bucks. It’s a fun holiday to celebrate, but how much do you really know about Valentine’s Day? If you’re up for a challenge, test your holiday smarts by answering these Valentine’s Day trivia questions.

These Valentine’s Day trivia questions challenge you to think of the history and traditions of the holiday. Think you know about Cupid, or why roses are so popular to send on this holiday? If so, read the questions below to see if you’re a true Valentine’s Day scholar. Good luck!

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Valentine’s Day history trivia

Question: Valentine’s Day is celebrated on February 14, which coincides with which ancient Roman festival?

Answer: Lupercalia, a fertility festival. The festival was celebrated in honor of Faunus, the Roman god of agriculture, and Romulus and Remus, the founders of Rome.

Question: How did Valentine’s Day get its name?

Answer: The truth about Valentine’s Day is a bit mysterious. We know it’s named after St. Valentine, but who was he? Several legends explain who St. Valentine was, with one of the most popular theories being he was a priest who officiated the weddings of soldiers during the third century AD. During this time, Roman emperor Claudius II outlawed marriage for young men in hopes of creating stronger soldiers. Legend has it that Claudius found out about St. Valentine’s actions and put him to death, making St. Valentine a martyr for love.

Question: Which pope declared February 14 St. Valentine’s Day at the end of the fifth century?

Answer: Pope Gelasius

Question: During which century did Valentine’s Day start to be associated with romance and love?

Answer: The 14th century

Question: Who wrote the 1375 poem “Parliament of Foules,” commonly believed to be the first record that depicts Valentine’s Day as a romantic day?

Answer: Geoffrey Chaucer

Question: Who is believed to have written the oldest Valentine that still exists today?

Answer: Charles, Duke of Orleans. The Valentine is believed to be a poem he wrote to his wife in 1415. Yep, a love poem was used as a Valentine!

Question: Which English king declared Valentine’s Day a holiday in 1537?

Answer: King Henry VIII

Question: When were the first commercial Valentines printed in the United States?

Answer: The mid-1800s

Question: Who is credited with publishing the first commercial Valentine in the United States?

Answer: Esther Howland. She started selling Valentines in her hometown of Worcester, Massachusetts, and was nicknamed “The Mother of the American Valentine.” She used colorful paper and lace to create her Valentine’s Day cards.

Question: While Valentine’s Day is associated with romance, some darker events have occurred on the holiday. In which U.S. city did the Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre happen on February 14, 1929?

Answer: Chicago

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Valentine’s Day symbol trivia

Question: What is Cupid the god of?

Answer: Love

Question: Cupid is the Roman counterpart to which Greek god?

Answer: Eros, the god of love

Question: Cupid is believed to carry arrows that have tips made of which two materials?

Answer: Gold and lead. According to legend, if Cupid strikes someone with a gold arrow, they are filled with desire and love for their partner. If Cupid strikes them with a lead arrow, they fall out of love.

Question: The heart is a popular symbol used on Valentine’s Day. How did it get its shape?

Answer: There are several theories surrounding how the heart symbol came to be. One states that the heart symbol is based off the seedpod of silphium, an ancient plant believed to help with conception, love, and sex. Another theory states artist and scientists in the Middle Ages attempted to draw the heart the way it was described by ancient scholars, and the drawing stuck.

Question: Red roses are often given as a sign of love and romance on Valentine’s Day. Which Greek goddess is associated with red roses?

Answer: Aphrodite. If red roses aren’t your thing, don’t worry. There are plenty of other rose colors that symbolize things like friendship and joy.

Question: Which white bird is often associated with romance? (Hint: You may see plenty of them on Valentine’s Day cards. You may see them on some funny cards, too.)

Answer: The dove

Question: What do the “x” and “o” in “xoxo” mean?

Answer: Hugs and kisses

Question: Which company created sweetheart candies?

Answer: The New England Confectionery Company (Necco). Fun fact: Some of the most popular messages on those hearts, like “Be Mine” and “Kiss Me,” were first introduced back in 1902.

Question: According to medieval Europeans, February 14 marked the beginning of mating season for which animals?

Answer: Birds. That’s why it’s common to see birds on Valentine’s Day cards as symbols of the holiday.

Question: Who is the man often credited with creating the first Valentine’s Day box of chocolates?

Answer: Richard Cadbury

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Valentine’s Day traditions trivia

Question: How much money was it estimated that U.S. consumers would spend on flowers in 2021?

Answer: $2 billion. That was actually a decrease from 2020, when it was $2.3 billion.

Question: How many roses are estimated to be made for Valentine’s Day?

Answer: 250 million

Question: On average, how much did people plan to spend on Valentine’s Day for their loved ones in 2021?

Answer: $165. If you’re stumped on what gifts to give this year, check out these lists of the best Valentine’s Day gifts for her, him, and your closest friends.

Question: February 14 is celebrated as National Chocolate Day in which country?

Answer: Ghana

Question: Which TV show is credited with starting the Galentine’s Day tradition?

Answer: Parks and Recreation 

Question: According to Hallmark, how many Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged? (This excludes Valentines given out in classrooms.)

Answer: 145 million

Question: According to Norfolk tradition, who is the person that leaves gifts on people’s doorsteps on Valentine’s Day?

Answer: Jack Valentine

Question: According to Spotify, what was the top love song added to love-themed playlists around Valentine’s Day 2020?

Answer: “All of Me” by John Legend

Question: Which Swedish monarch is credited with popularizing the tradition of giving flowers on Valentine’s Day?

Answer: King Charles II

Question: In what year did Hallmark start selling Valentine’s Day cards?

Answer: 1913. The company began producing its own Valentine’s Day cards in 1916.

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Kelly Kuehn
Kelly Kuehn is an associate editor for Reader’s Digest covering entertainment, trivia, and history. When she’s not writing you can find her watching the latest and greatest movies, listening to a true crime podcast (or two), blasting ‘90s music, and hiking with her dog, Ryker, throughout New England.