“Love is something eternal, The aspect may change, But not the essence.”
Vincent Van Gogh
Saint Valentine’s Day, often simply called Valentine’s Day, is a holiday observed on 14th February honoring one or more early Christian martyrs named Valentinus.
First established by Pope Gelasius I in 496 AD, and was later deleted from the Roman Calendar of saints in 1969 by Pope Paul VI.
It is celebrated in countries around the world, mostly in the West, although it remains a working day in all of them.
The day first became associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished.
By the 15th century, it had evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards, known as “valentines”.
Modern Valentine’s Day symbols 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.
The U.S. Greeting Card Association estimates that approximately 190 million valentines cards are sent each year in the US.
As well as an estimated 15 million e-valentines were sent in 2010.
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