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.
7Happy Singles Day in China
Singles do not necessarily wallow in misery in China. On November 11, singles celebrate Singles Day (Bachelor’s Day) via shopping online. The singles here shop on China’s version of Black Friday. In 2012, Chinese singles spent $3 billion on this particular day and in 2013, they spent more than $5.75 billion. The following year, this rose to $9 million within 24 hours. Singles really celebrate on this day, in a different way, though.