14 February, 2021
Valentine’s Day (Saint Valentine’s Day, Feast of Saint Valentine) originated in 496 AD as a Western Christian feast day honoring early Christian martyrs, and has evolved into a cultural, religious and commercial celebration of romance and love globally. In the 14th and 15th centuries, notions of romantic and courtly love flourished, and were associated with early spring lovebirds. 18th-century England saw couples expressing their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery and sending valentine greeting cards with symbols of hearts and cupid. For some, Valentine’s Day is scorned as overly commercial, for others it is a reminder of loneliness or of the advantages of being single and for yet others it is a chance to say ‘I love you’ to someone special.