WASHINGTON, Feb. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 14: VALENTINE'S DAY
Profile America -- Monday, February 14th. While today may not be an official holiday, Valentine's Day is one of the most popular in the year's calendar. Its origins are a mix of legends involving two Christian martyrs, a roman fertility rite, and the old notion that this is the time of year when the birds choose their mates. What is sure is that Esther Howland of Massachusetts began selling the first mass produced valentines in the 1840s. Now, Valentine's Day is one of the biggest occasions for the country's greeting card shops, candy stores, and jewelers. Perhaps the busiest of all are the nation's more than 48,000 florists, who sell $7.5 billion dollars of flowers each year. You can find these and more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at www.census.gov.
Sources: 2002 Economic Census, NAICS 4531
Profile America is produced by the Public Information Office of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on a monthly CD or on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button).
SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau