Valentine’s Day, also called St. Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine is an annual holiday celebrated on February 14. Originating as a Western Christian Feast Day honoring a saint named Valentinus, Valentine's Day is now recognized as a significant religious, commercial and cultural celebration of romance in many regions around the world, although it is not a public holiday in any country.
Several stories associated with the various Valentines that were connected to February 14 were added to a popular account of Saint Valentine of Rome which indicated 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. According to legend, during his imprisonment, Saint Valentine healed the daughter of his jailer, Asterius, and before his execution, he wrote her a letter signed "Your Valentine" as a farewell.
The day first became associated with romantic love in the company of Geoffrey Chaucer in the 14th century, when the tradition of courtly love became widespread. In 18th-century England, it evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their affection for each other by presenting flowers, greeting cards and confectionaries which became known as “valentines". In Europe, Saint Valentine’s Keys are given to lovers as a symbol of romance and an invitation to unlock the giver’s heart, as well as to children, in order to ward off epilepsy, which was termed Saint Valentine's Malady. Valentine's Day symbols that are used today include the well-known heart-shaped outline, doves, and the figure of the winged Cupid. Since the 19th century, the handwritten valentines have lost out to mass-produced greeting cards.
Saint Valentine's Day is an official feast day in the Anglican Communion, and the Lutheran Church. Many parts of the Eastern Orthodox Church also celebrate Saint Valentine's Day, although they do it on 6 July and 30 July, the former date in honor of the Roman presbyter, or, leader of a local Christian congregation.
The feast day is still celebrated in Balzan – Malta where relics of the saint are claimed to be found, and also throughout the world by Traditionalist Catholics who follow the older, pre-Second Vatican Council calendar.
If a Valentine you do find
surely she will be one of a kind
Shower her with cards, & candy & such
one can never do too much
Go slowly at first, to build up a trust
of this it is certain, an absolute must
Then when things get rolling, & in a good way
think positively, with only good things to say
Before you two know it
your true love will show it
Then you surely will be on your way
to live & love, for many a day