Valentine's Day balloons
Saint Valentine's Day, commonly shortened to Valentine's Day, is an annual celebration of love and affection.
It is traditionally a day on which lovers express their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards.
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 day is named after one or more early Christian martyrs named Saint Valentine, and was established by Pope Gelasius I in 496 AD. It was deleted from the General Roman Calendar of saints in 1969 by Pope Paul VI.
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.