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.
In the Philippines, there is an event where people kiss in public, called Lovapalooza. In 2004, over 5,300 couples came together in a mass kissing record event. They aimed at beating a previous Guinness World Record of 4,445 couples held by Chile. In 2005, Philippines record was beaten by Hungary in 2005, where 5,875 couples kissed. In 2007, Philippines fought to keep their record with 6,124 couples kissing.