Chocolate Day 2023: Date, significance

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The third day of Valentine’s week is Chocolate Day which is observed on February 9. The day dedicated to exchanging chocolates and sweet treats with loved ones follows Rose and Propose Day. The love festival lasts from February 7 to February 14. People celebrate it by expressing their feelings and love for their special someone.

It began as a Christian feast day honouring Saint Valentine and other Christian saints are known as Valentines. It is recognised as a significant cultural day in many countries, but it is not recognised as a public holiday in any country. Since Victorian times, chocolates have been a significant part of the gifts that men and women in love have given to each other across the continent and the Americas.

According to the official website of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC, in the nineteenth century, a British family was looking for a way to use their cocoa butter, which was extracted from the process invented by Richard Cadbury to make more palatable drinking chocolate. His response was “eating chocolates,” which he presented in a lovely self-designed box. “A marketing genius, Cadbury began putting the Cupids and rosebuds on heart-shaped boxes in 1861…”. The pretty chocolate “boxes were used to save such mementoes as love letters,” according to the official site.

 

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