Even though its full name is Saint Valentine’s Day, most people refer to the holiday as Valentine’s Day or even as ‘The Feast of Valentine’s Day’. This holiday was originally intended to celebrate Saint Valentinus, a priest who performed weddings for soldiers who were not allowed to marry but who was also persecuted for ministering to Christians.
Interestingly enough, Valentine’s Day wasn’t associated with romance or love until the 1700s when English people started celebrating it more or less the way we celebrate it today. For your consideration, we gathered ten of the most interesting facts associated with Valentine’s Day.
8The first box of Valentine’s Day chocolate
In 1868, Richard Cadbury, a member of the Cadbury family gave chocolates to his beloved in a heart-shaped box. He apparently used his own paintings to decorate the lid, which became a tradition afterward. Nowadays, no Valentine’s day is complete without lots of chocolate. As a matter of fact, there is an entire industry that operates around Valentine’s Day sweets and a quite profitable one.