Saint Valentine’s Day , also known as Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine ,  is observed on February 14 //en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valentine%27s_Day#cite_note-1 each year. It is celebrated in many countries around the world, although it remains a working day in most of them. //en.wikipedia.org/wiki/February_14
St. Valentine’s Day began as a liturgical celebration of one or more early Christian saints named Valentinus //en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Valentine . Several martyrdom stories were invented for the various Valentines that belonged to February 14, and added to later martyrologies //en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martyrology . //en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valentine%27s_Day#cite_note-2  //en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christianity
A popular hagiographical account of Saint Valentine of Rome states that he was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry and for ministering to Christians, who were persecuted under the Roman Empire //en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian_views_on_marriage . //en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Persecution_of_Christians_in_the_Roman_Empire
According to legend , during his imprisonment, he healed the daughter of his jailer, Asterius. An embellishment to this story states that before his execution he wrote her a letter signed “Your Valentine” as a farewell. //en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valentine%27s_Day#cite_note-your_valentine-3  Today, Saint Valentine’s Day is an official feast day //en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feast_day in the Anglican Communion //en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anglican_Communion , //en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valentine%27s_Day#cite_note-Anglican-4  as well as in the Lutheran Church //en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lutheran_Church . //en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valentine%27s_Day#cite_note-Pfatteicher2008-5  //en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legendary_material_in_Christian_hagiography
The Eastern Orthodox Church also celebrates Saint Valentine’s Day, albeit on July 6 //en.wikipedia.org/wiki/July_6_%28Eastern_Orthodox_liturgics%29 and July 30 //en.wikipedia.org/wiki/July_30_%28Eastern_Orthodox_liturgics%29 , the former date in honor of the Roman presbyter //en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Presbyter Saint Valentine, and the latter date in honor of Hieromartyr Valentine, the Bishop of Interamna (modern Terni //en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terni ). In Brazil, the //en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dia_de_S%C3%A3o_Valentim Dia de SÃ£o Valentim //en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eastern_Orthodox_Church is recognized on June 12.
The day was first associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer //en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geoffrey_Chaucer in the High Middle Ages //en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High_Middle_Ages , when the tradition of courtly love //en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Courtly_love flourished. In 18th-century England, it evolved into an occasion in which lovers //en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intimate_relationship expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery //en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Confectionery , and sending greeting cards //en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Romance_%28love%29 (known as “ //en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greeting_card valentines “).
Valentine’s Day symbols that are used today include the heart-shaped outline, doves, and the figure of the winged Cupid //en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cupid . Since the 19th century, handwritten valentines have given way to mass-produced greeting cards //en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heart_%28symbol%29 . //en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greeting_card
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