Valentine’s Day, also known as the Feast of Saint Valentine, originated more than 1000 years ago in the Roman Empire, although the exact history is unknown.
It started off as a day to honour Saint Valentinus, a Roman priest who died in the name of his Christian religion.
Valentine’s Day didn’t become a celebration of love until 800 years later in the late 14th century, when an English poet named Geoffrey Chaucer referenced Saint Valentine in a love poem he had written about the engagement of the King and Queen.
Poetry has therefore remained popular on Valentine’s Day, and you might have heard this well-known phrase (or variations of it):
Roses are Red, Violets are blue,
Honey is sweet, and so are you.
Nowadays, people from countries all around the world celebrate Valentine’s Day by giving chocolates, roses and handwritten cards to the ones they love, as well as spending time together.
Although it is traditionally a romantic occasion, many people also choose to celebrate special friendships on Valentine’s Day.
Why not create your own cards and gifts to show your loved ones how much you appreciate them?
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