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About Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day, also called Saint Valentine's Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, is celebrated annually on February 14. Originating as a Western Christian feast day honoring one or two early saints named Valentinus, Valentine's Day is recognized as a significant cultural, religious, and commercial celebration of romance and romantic love in many regions around the world.

Valentine's Day customs – sending greeting cards (known as “valentines”), offering confectionary and presenting flowers – developed in early modern England and spread throughout the English-speaking world in the 19th century. In the later 20th and early 21st centuries, these customs spread to other countries, but their effect has been more limited than those of Hallowe'en, or than aspects of Christmas, (such as Santa Claus).

  • Date: February 14 2020
  • Also Called: Saint Valentine's Day,the Feast of Saint Valentine
  • Significance: Feast day of Saint Valentine; the celebration of love and affection
  • Type: Saint's day
  • Celebrations: Sending greeting cards and gifts, dating, church services
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