ST. VALENTINE'S DAY
14 / 02 / 2006
ST. VALENTINE'S DAY: meaning and examples
Today is Saint Valentine's Day
. St. Valentine's Day
falls on February 14th, and is the traditional day on which lovers in certain cultures, such as Anglo countries, let each other know about their love, commonly by sending Valentine's cards
, which are often anonymous.
The history of Valentine's day
can be traced back to a Catholic Church feast day, in honour of Saint Valentine
. The day's associations with romantic love arrived after the High Middle Ages, during which the concept of romantic love was formulated.
The day now is most closely associated with the mutual exchange of love notes in the form of valentines
. Modern Valentine symbols
include the heart-shaped outline and the figure of the winged Cupid. Since the 19th century, the practice of hand writing notes has largely given way to the exchange of mass-produced greeting cards. The Greeting Card Association estimates that, world-wide, approximately one billion valentine cards
are sent each year, making the day the second largest card-sending holiday of the year behind Christmas. The association also estimates that women purchase approximately 85 percent of all valentines
The above information about St. Valentine's Day
comes from the following website: St. Valentine's Day at Wikipedia
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Have a romantic day!