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February 14th

Valentine's Day is celebrated on February 14th in the United States, Australia, Canada, England, Mexico, France, Brazil, Argentina, and many other countries. It is a day that romantic gifts are exchanged between couples, friends, co-workers, young children, students, and people who just want to spread joy and happiness to others.

Flowers, plants, jewelry, chocolates, teddy bears, gift baskets, romantic greeting cards, and other presents are given in the name of love, friendship, admiration, and fun on this special day.

Valentine's Day is the right time for expressions of love for others and to give a little happiness to the special people in your life. Poetry, love letters, and romantic quotes are also popular on Valentine's Day.

The amount of money spent on Valentine's Day gifts and cards is enormous. The Greeting Card Association estimates that over a billion valentine cards are purchased each year making Valentine's Day one of the most commercialized times of the year with billions of dollars spent by shoppers of all ages.

Valentine's Day is a holiday that can trace it's roots to ancient Roman and early Christian customs and traditions. There are several legends about how Valentine's Day got its start.

One of the most widely viewed legends is that of a priest named Valentine who defied Roman Emperor Claudius II who had outlawed the marriage of young men who Claudius wanted recruit as soldiers. A priest named Valentine defied Claudius and performed marriages for young men and women in secret. When Claudius discovered what was going on, he had Valentine jailed and then put to death.

It is also said that Valentine may have been killed for attempting to help Christians escape harsh Roman prisons where they were often beaten and tortured. For his good deeds, Valentine was given Sainthood and in 496 A.D., Pope Gelasius set aside February 14th to honor St. Valentine.

Although the true story behind Valentine's Day will never be known, the day itself, and what it represents, will live on in the hearts and minds of people forever.

Valentine's Day remains one of the most popular holidays of the year.

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