Wed November 25, 2015

Valentines Day

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Valentines Day

Valentine's Day is observed on February 14. It is also known as the Feast of Saint Valentine or Saint Valentine's Day. This day represents romantic love expressed with giving of flowers, sweets, and cards. Valentine's Day symbols include hearts, Cupid, and the color red. It is not a public holiday. It is a very popular date for weddings.

Celebration\ Observance

Most people celebrate Valentine's Day by sending their loved one flowers, cards known as valentines, sweets, and other gifts such as jewelry. Romantic dinners and champagne are other ways to celebrate. Anonymous gifts might be given to express feelings for someone without making it known. Decorations are made of hearts, red and pink flowers such as red roses, chocolates, and Cupid. Cupid is a winged figure with a bow and arrow. According to mythology, he uses his arrow to strike people in the heart so they will fall in love.


Valentine's Day was named after Valentinus,early Christian saints who were martyrs. Two Valentines, Valentine of Rome and Valentine of Terni are honored on February 14. The Valentine of Rome was a Roman priest martyred AD 496. Valentine of Terni was a bishop of Interamna on AD 197 and martyred under Emperor Aurelian. St. Valentine's Day is celebrated in various Christian denominations. There were no romantic connotations on this day until Chaucer's poetry about "Valentines" in the 14th century. Earlier times were emphasized on sacrifice not romance.

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