Valentine’s Day or Saint Valentine’s Day is a holiday celebrated on February 14 by many people throughout the world. In the West, it is the traditional day on which lovers express their love for each other by sending Valentine’s cards, presenting flowers, or offering confectionery. The holiday is named after two among the numerous Early Christian martyrs named Valentine. The day became associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished.
Traditional symbols of Valentine’s Day include hearts, doves, Cupid and love notes.
American postcard, circa 1900.
Also Called: St. Valentine’s Day
Observed by: Christian and Christian-influenced cultures
Type: Christian, cultural, multinational
Significance: Lovers express their feelings to each other
Date: February 14
Observances: Sending greeting cards and gifts, dating.