St. Valentine’s Day or simply, Valentine’s Day, is celebrated in many countries around the world on February 14th. St. Valentine was a Catholic martyr who died in 270 A.D., but details of his life are sketchy. Also unclear is how St. Valentine’s feast day became associated with love and romance. However, it is thought that a poem written by English poet Geoffrey Chaucer in 1375 helped to establish this link. Traditionally, Valentine’s Day is celebrated by exchanging greeting cards, also called valentines, giving gifts of chocolates and roses, and sharing romantic dinners for two. Valentine’s Day is also an occasion to celebrate all types of love and friendship, and valentine cards are often exchanged with family members and between schoolchildren.
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