Valentine's Day is celebrated in many countries around the world, but it’s not a public holiday in most of them.
Saint Valentine's began as a liturgical celebration of one of the early Christian saints, Valentinus.
A popular hagiographical account of St. Valentine of Rome states that he was imprisoned for wedding soldiers who were forbidden to marry and for ministering to Christians, who were persecuted under 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.
The celebrated day was first associated with romantic love in the circle of English poet Geoffrey Chaucer during the High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished.
In 18th-century England, it evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards. Valentine's Day symbols used today include the heart-shaped outline, doves, and the figure of the winged Cupid.
Since the 19th century, handwritten valentines have given way to mass-produced greeting cards.
Today, Valentine’s Day is a chance for people around the world to show love and celebrate it.
Have you ever wondered about how people from different countries celebrate Valentine's?
The following infographic created by Giftcloud shows the unique traditions found across the globe.
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