Valentine’s Day traces its roots to an annual Roman festival called Lupercalia, which was held on February 15. During the fest, naked men chased young girls and tried to slap them on the bottom with a goat whip in hopes of increasing their fertility.
The first Valentine’s Day card is believed to have been sent by France’s Duke of Orléans, then being imprisoned in the Tower of London, to his wife in 1415.
Richard Cadbury, the founder of Cadbury ‘s cocoa and chocolate company, introduced the first box of chocolates for Valentine’s Day during the late 1800s.
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