Valentine’s Day 2022
Valentine’s Day occurs every February 14. Across the United States and in other places around the world, candy, flowers and gifts are exchanged between loved ones, all in the name of St. Valentine. But who is this mysterious saint and where did these traditions come from? Find out about the history of Valentine’s Day, from the ancient Roman ritual of Lupercalia that welcomed spring to the card-giving customs of Victorian England.
The Legend of St. Valentine
The history of Valentine’s Day—and the story of its patron saint—is shrouded in mystery. We do know that February has long been celebrated as a month of romance, and that St. Valentine’s Day, as we know it today, contains vestiges of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition. But who was Saint Valentine, and how did he become associated with this ancient rite?
The Catholic Church recognizes at least three different saints named Valentine or Valentinus, all of whom were martyred. One legend contends that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine’s actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death. Still others insist that it was Saint Valentine of Terni, a bishop, who was the true namesake of the holiday. He, too, was beheaded by Claudius II outside Rome.
Other stories suggest that Valentine may have been killed for attempting to help Christians escape harsh Roman prisons, where they were often beaten and tortured. According to one legend, an imprisoned Valentine actually sent the first “valentine” greeting himself after he fell in love with a young girl—possibly his jailor’s daughter—who visited him during his confinement. Before his death, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter signed “From your Valentine,” an expression that is still in use today. Although the truth behind the Valentine legends is murky, the stories all emphasize his appeal as a sympathetic, heroic and—most importantly—romantic figure. By the Middle Ages, perhaps thanks to this reputation, Valentine would become one of the most popular saints in England and France.
Best Corny Valentine’s Day Jokes
- “What do you write in a slug’s Valentine’s Day card?” “Be my Valen-slime!”
- “What did the paper clip say to the magnet?” “I find you very attractive.”
- “Why did the husband get his wife a kitten for Valentine’s Day?” “He thought it was the purrfect present.
- “What did the stamp say to the envelope on Valentine’s Day?” “I’m stuck on you!”
- “Why didn’t the skeleton want to send any Valentine’s Day cards?” “His heart wasn’t in it.”
- “What’s Cupid’s favorite band?” “Kiss!”
- “Why did the sheriff lock up their valentine?” “She stole their heart.”
- “What do you call two birds in love?” “Tweethearts!”
- “What did the scientist say to her valentine?” “I think of you periodically.”
- “How can you tell when a squirrel is in love?” “It goes nuts!”
- “I thought I won the argument with my wife as to how to arrange the dining room furniture. But when I got home the tables were turned.”
- “I once fell in love with someone who only knew 4 vowels. They didn’t know I existed.”
- “What did the calculator say to the pencil?” “You can count on me.”
- “How did the telephone propose to his girlfriend?” “He gave her a ring!”
- “What did one oar tell the other oar?” “This is so row-mantic!”
- “What did the light bulb say to the other light bulb?” “You light my world up.”
- “How can you get arrested on Valentine’s Day?” “For stealing someone’s heart.”
Best Valentine’s Day Joke Puns
- “What did one watermelon say to the other?” “You’re one in a melon!”
- “What do you call a very small Valentine?” “A valen-tiny.”
- “What did the ghost say to his valentine?” “You look so BOOtiful.”
- “If he doesn’t appreciate your fruit jokes, you need to let that mango.”
- “What do farmers give for Valentine’s Day?” “Lots of hogs and kisses.”
- “What do you call a Valentine’s Day gift that didn’t arrive time?” “Choco-late.”
- “What did one bee say to the other?” “I love bee-ing with you, honey!”
- “What did one volcano say to the other?” “I lava you.”
- “What did one blueberry say to the other on Valentine’s Day?” “I love you berry much.”
- “What did the cucumber say to the pickle?” “You mean a great dill to me.”
- “What did one cat say to the other cat on Valentine’s Day?” “You’re purr-fect for me.”
- “What did one sheep say to the other on February 14?” “I love ewe.”
- “How much candy do you hope to get this Valentine’s Day?” “A choco-LOT!”
- “What did one flame say to another on Valentine’s Day?” “We’re a perfect match.”
- “How did the phone propose to his GF?” “He gave her a ring.”
- “How did the whale ask the other whale on a Valentine’s date?” “Whale you be mine?”
- “What do you call a ghost’s sweetheart?” “A ghoul-friend.”
Jokes about valentine’s day
- “Knock knock.” “Who’s there?” “Olive.” “Olive who?” “Olive you!”
- “Knock, knock.” “Who’s there?” “Peas.” “Peas who?” “Peas be mine!”
- “Knock, knock.” “Who’s there?” “Butch, Jimmy and Joe.” “Butch, Jimmy, and Joe who?” “Butch your arms around me, Jimmy a kiss, and let’s Joe.”
- “Knock, knock.” “Who’s there?” “Disguise.” “Disguise who?” “Disguise is your boy friend!”
- “Knock, knock.” “Who’s there?” “Howard.” “Howard who?” “Howard you like a big kiss?”
- “Knock, knock.” “Who’s there?” “Bea.” “Bea who?” “Bea my Valentine!”
. Who always has a date on Valentine’s Day? A calendar.
2. What Valentine’s message can you find in a honeycomb? “Bee mine.”
3. Which new Taylor Swift tune is the best couple’s song for two ghosts to share? “Invisible String.”
4. How did the coin propose to his girlfriend? He gave her a jingle.
5. What did one Hershey’s bar say to the other who arrived long past their date time? “You’re choco-late.”
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6. Why are artichokes so beloved? They’re known for their hearts.
7. What did the love-obsessed candle say when it was lit? “I found the perfect match!”
8. What do you call a colorful heart that loves books? “Well-red.”
9. How did the orca ask the other to be their Valentine? “Whale you be mine?”
10. Why did the magnet hit on the refrigerator? He found her to be very attractive.
11. What’s the best recipe for a perfect morning on February 14? A hug and a quiche.
12. What did one piece of toast say to the other? “You’re my butter half!”
13. Why didn’t the two dogs make serious Valentine’s Day plans? It was just puppy love.
14. Why did the dad approve of his daughter’s goalie-boyfriend? He was a real keeper.
15. When do bed bugs fall in love? In the spring.
16. How did one Bloody Mary share their strong feelings with another? “Olive you.”
17. What do you call two sparrows who just got engaged? “Lovebirds.”
18. Why were the forks disappointed on Valentine’s Day? All they wanted to do was spoon.
19. What is it called when your aunt went off to get married on V-Day? Antelope.
20. What’s the most romantic ship? Courtship.
21. What did the pickle say to the other on Valentine’s Day? “You’re a big dill to me.”
22. How did the cashew share its feelings with the almond? “I’m nuts about you.”
23. How did the two prunes confirm dinner plans? They said it was a date.
24. What did one cantaloupe write to the other in their Valentine’s card? “You’re one in a melon!”
25. How did the tennis ball flirt with the racquet? By saying, “Hit me up!”
26. What did one cappuccino say to their shy crush? “Espresso yourself.”
27. Why did the skeleton break up with her boyfriend before Valentine’s Day? Her heart wasn’t in it.
28. What message is on candy hearts for cats? “You’re purr-fect!”
29. Why do air fresheners love Valentine’s Day? They’re so scent-imental.
30. Where did the high-heel take its date? To the football.
31. How did one drum tell the other about its feelings? “My heart beats for you.”
32. How did the vegetable politely ask for a date? “Peas be my Valentine.”
33. How can you save money on Valentine’s gifts? Become single.
34. What’s a cutesy love term that can also be orange and delicious? “Crush.”
35. What kind of flowers shouldn’t you gift your girlfriend? Cauliflowers.
36. What did the stamp say to the envelope on Valentine’s Day? “I’m stuck on you.”
37. Why did all the other fruit ask the banana to be their Valentine? She was very a-peel-ing.
38. What are insects called when they’re dating? Lovebugs.
39. What did the baker say to his wife on V-Day? “Gimme some sugar!”
40. What do you call someone with a cold on Valentine’s Day? “Lovesick.”
41. Why couldn’t the mineral water ever get a Valentine? All of his friendships were so pla-tonic.
42. How do sheep share their feelings with each other? By saying, “I love ewe.”
43. What do you call a happy couple who first met via Twitter? “Tweethearts.”
44. Why was the canoe considered a heartthrob? He was so row-mantic.
45. What did the romantic sing after she got a paper cut? “I keep bleeding, keep, keep bleeding love!”
46. Why would Forrest Gump be a good Valentine? He’d probably gift a box of chocolates.
47. Which type of flower is the best at giving smooches? Tulips.
48. What can get you in trouble with the law on Valentine’s Day? Stealing too many hearts.
49. What do pieces of fruit write to each other in their V-Day cards? “I love you berry much!”
50. What did the couple say after they were struck by Cupid’s arrow? “Ouch!”
Shakespeare In Love
As the years went on, the holiday grew sweeter. Chaucer and Shakespeare romanticized it in their work, and it gained popularity throughout Britain and the rest of Europe. Handmade paper cards became the tokens-du-jour in the Middle Ages.
Eventually, the tradition made its way to the New World. The industrial revolution ushered in factory-made cards in the 19th century. And in 1913, Hallmark Cards of Kansas City, Mo., began mass producing valentines. February has not been the same since.
Today, the holiday is big business: According to market research firm IBIS World, Valentine’s Day sales reached $17.6 billion last year; this year’s sales are expected to total $18.6 billion.
But that commercialization has spoiled the day for many. Helen Fisher, a sociologist at Rutgers University, says we have only ourselves to blame.
“This isn’t a command performance,” she says. “If people didn’t want to buy Hallmark cards, they would not be bought, and Hallmark would go out of business.”
72 Quotation about valentine’s day
200 Happy Valentine’s Day Quotes
1. “My heart to you is given, oh do give yours to me; We’ll lock them up together, and throw away the key.”— Frederick Saunders
2. “Without Valentine’s Day, February would be…well, January.” – Jim Gaffigan
3. “This fire that we call Loving is too strong for human minds. But just right for human souls.” — Aberjhani
4. “There are never enough I Love You’s.” — Lenny Bruce
5. “Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.” — Oscar Wilde
6. “Love is like a beautiful flower which I may not touch, but whose fragrance makes the garden a place of delight just the same.” — Helen Keller
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7. “Love is the beauty of the soul.” — Saint Augustine
8. “Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” – Lao Tzu
9. “Love is something eternal; the aspect may change, but not the essence.” – Vincent van Gogh
10. “Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.” — Aristotle
12. “You’re my forever Valentine.” — Unknown11. “Love is being stupid together.” – Paul Valery
13. “We loved with a love that was more than love.” — Edgar Allan Poe
14. “Love is when the other person’s happiness is more important than your own.” — H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
15. The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved; loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves.” — Victor Hugo
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16. “Today is Valentine’s Day—or, as men like to call it, Extortion Day!” — Jay Leno
17. “Love is the greatest refreshment in life.” — Pablo Picasso
18. “There is nothing better than a friend unless it is a friend with chocolate.” – Linda Grayson
19. “All I want for Valentine’s Day is you.” — Unknown
20. “Everything is clearer when you’re in love.” — John Lennon
21. “That’s one of those things about being a computer science major: Valentine’s Day is just another day.” — Jawed Karim
22. “Oh, if it be to choose and call thee mine, love, thou art every day my Valentine!” — Thomas Hood
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23. “True love is like ghosts, which everyone talks about and few have seen.” — Francois de La Rochefoucauld
24. “There’s no bad consequence to loving fully, with all your heart. You always gain by giving love.” — Reese Witherspoon
25. “Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.” — Mother Teresa
26. “I love you from head to toe.” — Unknown
27. “Love is the poetry of the senses.” — Honore de Balzac
28. You stole my heart from Day 1.
29. “Love doesn’t make the world go ’round. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile.” — Franklin P. Jones
30. “You are the song that my heart loves to sing!” — Unknown
31. “All that you are is all that I’ll ever need.” — Ed Sheeran
32. “Take my hand, take my whole life too, but I can’t help falling in love with you.” — Elvis Presley
33. “Love isn’t something you find. Love is something that finds you.” — Loretta Young
34. “You can’t blame gravity for falling in love.” — Albert Einstein.
35. “Love is so much more than just another four letter word.” — Unknown
36. “I love you more than I have ever found a way to say to you.” — Ben Folds
37. “If you wanna be my lover, you’ve got to get with my friends.” — Spice Girls
38. I love you, not because of what you are, but for what I have become when I am with you. Best wishes on this wonderful day.
39. “I have no notion of loving people by halves, it is not my nature.” — Jane Austen
40. “To be brave is to love unconditionally without expecting anything in return.” — Madonna
41. “Wherever you are, be happy. This is my wish for you.” — Unknown
42. “Anyone can catch your eye, but it takes someone special to catch your heart.” — Unknown
43. “Valentine’s Day is a love-note to the rest of the year. Graciously, it comes at a perfect time to be savored – that period of calm between winter holiday commotion and spring enticements.” — Jo Lightfoot
44. “At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet.” — Plato
45. “Love is friendship that has caught fire.” — Ann Landers
46. “The heart has its reasons of which reason knows nothing.” — Blaise Pascal
47. “I’m head-over-heels for you boo.” — Unknown
48. “Love is not about holding hands and spending time with each other. But it is about being there for your loved one, even in the cloudiest of all skies.” — Unknown
49. “For the two of us, home isn’t a place. It is a a person. And we are finally home.” — Stephanie Perkins
50. “Love is a promise, love is a souvenir, once given never forgotten, never let it disappear.” — John Lennon
52. “Your flaws are perfect for the heart that’s meant to love you.” — Trent Shelton51. “Trip over love, you can get up. Fall in love and you fall forever.” — Unknown
53. “Together forever.” — Anonymous
54. “Life is better when I have you by my side.” — Unknown
55. “If you find someone you love in your life, then hang on to that love.” — Princess Diana
56. “You are my Valentine because you bring love to my life each and every day. I love you more each and every day, in every way.” — Kate Summers
57. “To love and be loved is to feel the sun from both sides.” — David Viscot
58. “What I feel for you seems less of earth and more of a cloudless heaven.” — Victor Hugo
59. “You bring the chocolates, and I will bring the candles. Let’s stay in tonight and make some magic happen.” — Unknown
60. “Life is the flower for which love is the honey.” — Victor Hugo
61. “I love you more than yesterday, but less than tomorrow.” — Unknown
62. “You are my moon and stars. You are the best of the universe.” — Unknown
63. “The most important day of the year to say ‘I love you’ is everyday, not just on Valentine’s Day. In marriage never take the other person for granted. Expressing your love shows your appreciation for the person.” — Catherine Pulsifer
64. “You’re the GOAT.” — Unknown
65. “I love you bigger than the world and sky.” — Marty Klazmer
66. “I love you to the moon and back.” — Anonymous
67. “I may not be your first love, first kiss, first sight, or first date—but I want to be your last everything.” — Unknown
68. “Long after the roses lose their color, I’ll continue loving you.” — Unknown
69. “Never above you. Never below you. Always beside you.” — Walter Winchell
70. “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.” – Elizabeth Barrett Browning
71. “Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.” — Maya Angelou
72. “We’re lovers and companions, best friends and partners too. More and more, with every Valentine, joy, for me, is loving you.” — Unknown
73. “If I had a flower for every time I thought of you … I could walk through my garden forever.” — Alfred Tennyson
74. “To love another person is to see the face of God.” — Les Miserables
75. “I fell in love the way you fall asleep, slowly and then all at once.” — The Fault in Our Stars
76. “I’ve fallen in love many times, always with you.” — Unknown
77. “Real love is built the old-fashioned way—through hard work.” — Danny Silk
78. “Love is a game that two can play and both win.” — Eva Gabor
79. I consider myself to be the happiest girl in the world, because I found the real diamond. It‘s you!
80. “Love is a symbol of eternity. On this Valentine’s Day my hope and wish is that our love will be forever.” — Catherine Pulsifer
81. “I think I’d miss you even if we never met.” — The Wedding Date
82. “You’re my happily-ever-after.” — Unknown
83. “Everything I do, I do it for you.” — Bryan Adams
84. “You and me — it doesn’t get any better than us.” — Unknown
85. “I wish I was kissing you instead of missing you!” — Unknown
86. “You’re everything I always wished for, better than I dreamed of, all I’ll ever need.” — Unknown
87. “There is no remedy for love but to love more.” — Thoreau
88. “You’re my Wonder Woman.” — Unknown
89. “I want you for always…days, years, eternities.” — Kriss Stewart Franz Schubert
90. “All you need is love.” — The Beatles
91. “I want all of you, forever, you and me, every day.” — Nicholas Sparks
92. “If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day, so I never have to live without you.” — Winnie the Pooh
93. “You are my better half.” — Unknown
94. “You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because the reality is finally better than your dreams.” — Dr. Seuss
95. “The best thing to hold onto in life is each other.” — Audrey Hepburn
96. “A valentine warms the heart.” — Kriss Stewart
97. “And suddenly all the love songs were about you.” — Anonymous
98. “It was a million tiny little things that, when you added them all up, they meant we were supposed to be together.” — Sleepless in Seattle
99. “And I’d choose you; in a hundred lifetimes, in a hundred worlds, in any version of reality, I’d find you and I’d choose you.” — The Chaos of Stars
100. “All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.” — Charles M. Schulz
101. “When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.” — “When Harry Met Sally”
102. “Love is just a word until someone comes along and gives it meaning.” — Unknown
103. “Remember, your Valentine’s card shows you care enough to send the very best, even though you’re too lazy to put it in your own words.” — Melanie White
104. You are the song that my heart would always want to sing, I love you. Enjoy your Valentine’s today!
105. “You had me at hello.” — Jerry Maguire
106. “Doubt thou the stars are fire, Doubt that the sun doth move. Doubt the truth to be a liar, But never doubt I love.” — William Shakespeare
107. “When I saw you I fell in love, and you smiled because you knew.” — Arrigo Boito
108. Grow old with me! The best is yet to be.” — Robert Browning
109. “I’ve tried so many times to think of a new way to say it, and it’s still I love you.” — Zelda Fitzgerald
110. “Love was made for me and you.” — Nat King Cole
111. “Know what I like about you? Everything!” — Unknown
112. “The minute I heard my first love story, I started looking for you, not knowing how blind that was. Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere. They’re in each other all along.” — Rumi
113. “In all the world, there is no love for you like mine.” — Maya Angelou
114. “In love there are two things– bodies and words.” – Joyce Carol Oates
115. “When I tell you I love you, I don’t say it out of habit but to remind that you are the best thing that happened to me.” — Unknown
116. “Never love anyone who treats you like you’re ordinary.” – Oscar Wilde
117. “Love is a fire. But whether it is going to warm your hearth or burn down your house, you can never tell.” – Joan Crawford
118. “Perhaps it is our imperfections that make us so perfect for one another.” — Douglas McGrath
119. “Love is never wrong.” — Melissa Etheridge
121. “If I had a dollar for every time you took my breath away, I’d be a billionaire.” — Unknown120. “Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone — we find it with another.” — Thomas Merton
122. “You are my sun, my moon, and all my stars.” — E. E. Cummings
123. “Your love warms me like a blanket.” — Unknown
124. “Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.” — Emily Brontë
125. “You are the beat in my heart and the smile on my face.” — Unknown
126. “Love is an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired.” — Robert Frost
127. “Valentine’s Day: the holiday that reminds you that if you don’t have a special someone, you’re alone.” — Lewis Black
128. “Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.” — Oprah Winfrey
129. “Love is a condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.” — Robert Heinlein
130. “I love you, not only for what you are but for what I am when I am with you.” — Roy Croft
131. “I’m yours, no refunds.” — Anonymous
132. “Love planted a rose, and the world turned sweet.” – Katharine Lee Bates
133. “There is only one happiness in life: to love and be loved.” – George Sand
135. “Love can be defined with one word. You.” ― Anthony T. Hincks
136. “Valentine’s Day is an extraordinary moment for recalling the lasting power of a true love.” ― M.F. Moonzajer
137. “If you love yourself first, you will find your Valentine much quicker!” ― Mehmet Murat ildan
138. “I love our story. Sure it’s messy, but it’s the story that got us here.” — How I Met Your Mother
139. “I will love you my whole life. You and no other.” — Braveheart
140. “The future for me is already a thing of the past. You were my first love and you will be my last.” — Bob Dylan
141. “A kiss makes the heart young again.” — Rupert Brooke
142. “Come live in my heart and pay no rent.” — Samuel Lover
143. “True love stories never have endings.” — Richard Bach
144. “Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place.” — Zora Neale Hurston
145. “We love because it’s the only true adventure.” — Nikki Giovanni
146. “Each time you love, love as deeply as if it were forever.” — Audre Lorde
147. “You are my heart, my life, my one and only thought.” — Arthur Conan Doyle
148. “They invented hugs to let people know you love them without saying anything.” — Bil Keane
149. “The single most extraordinary thing I’ve ever done with my life is fall in love with you.” — This Is Us
150. “You hold the key to my heart.” — Unknown
Valentine’s Day Wishes and Messages for V-Day Cards
151. “Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone — we find it with another.” — Thomas Merton, Love and Living
152. “When you love someone, you love the whole person just as he or she is, and not as you would like them to be.” — Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina
153. “Love has nothing to do with what you are expecting to get, only with what you are expecting to give — which is everything.” — Katharine Hepburn
154. “If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day, so I never have to live without you.” — A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh
155. “To me, you are perfect.” — Mark, Love Actually
156. “For it was not into my ear you whispered, but into my heart. It was not my lips you kissed, but my soul.” — Judy Garland
157. “You are my sun, my moon, and all my stars.” — e.e. cummings
158. “You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.” – Dr. Seuss
159. “Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere. They’re in each other all along.” – Rumi
160. “The Eskimos had fifty-two names for snow because it was important to them: there ought to be as many for love.” – Margaret Atwood, Surfacing
161. “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.” – Helen Keller, The Story of My Life
162. “Where there is love, there is life.” – Mahatma Ghandi
163. “When life leaves us blind, love leaves us kind.” — Linkin Park, “The Messenger”
164. “All we really need to survive is one person who truly loves us.” — Penny Widmore, Lost
165. “Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” — Lao Tzo
166. “And suddenly, all the love songs were about you.” — Unknown
167. “Love is being stupid together.” — Paul Valery
168. “Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.” – Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights
169. “If I know what love is, it is because of you.” – Hermann Hesse
170. “I saw that you were perfect, and so I loved you. Then I saw that you were not perfect, and I loved you even more” – Angelita Lim
171. “Loved you yesterday, love you still, always have, always will.” – Elaine Davis
172. “You are my heart, my life, my one and only thought.” – Arthur Conan Doyle, The White Company
173. “If I had a flower for every time I thought of you… I could walk through my garden forever.” – Alfred Tennyson, Queen Mary
174. “I love you not only for what you are, but for what I am when I’m with you.” — Elizabeth Barrett Browning
175. “In all the world, there is no heart for me like yours. In all the world, there is no love for you like mine.” — Maya Angelou
176. “I knew the second I met you that there was something about you I needed. Turns out it wasn’t something about you at all. It was just you.” — Jamie McGuire, Beautiful Disaster
177. “I swear I couldn’t love you more than I do right now, and yet I know I will tomorrow.” — Leo Christopher
178. “Love is like the wind; you can’t see it, but you can feel it.” — Nicholas Sparks, A Walk to Remember
179. “Other men said they have seen angels, but I have seen thee, and thou art enough.” — George Moore, Letters to Lady Cunard
180. “My heart is and always will be yours.” — Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility
181. “To the world you may be one person but to one person you may be the world.” — Unknown
182. “Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” — Corinthians 13:4-8
183. “And when you smile, the whole world stops and stares for a while. ’Cause you’re amazing, just the way you are.” — Bruno Mars, “Just The Way You Are”
184. “In case you ever foolishly forget: I am never not thinking of you.” — Virginia Woolf, Selected Diaries
185. “If rain drops were kisses, I’d send you showers. If hugs were seas, I’d send you oceans. And if love was a person, I’d send you me.” — Emily Bronte
186. “So, I love you because the entire universe conspired to help me find you.” — Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist
187. “When I saw you, I was afraid to meet you. When I met you, I was afraid to kiss you. When I kissed you, I was afraid to love you. Now that I love you, I’m afraid to lose you.” — Unknown
188. “You are, and always have been, my dream.” — Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook
189. “I love you right up to the moon — and back.” — Sam McBratney, Guess How Much I Love You
190. “The single most extraordinary thing I’ve ever done with my life is fall in love with you. I’ve never been seen so completely, loved so passionately and protected so fiercely.” — Beth Pearson, This Is Us
191. “You don’t love someone for their looks, or their clothes, or for their fancy car, but because they sing a song only you can hear.” — Oscar Wilde
192. “Love starts as a feeling, but to continue is a choice. And I find myself choosing you, more and more every day.” — Justin Wetch, Bending The Universe
193. “Cause all of me loves all of you. Love your curves and your edges, all your perfect imperfections.” — John Legend, “All of Me”
194. “Take me to your heart. For it’s there that I belong. And will never part.” — Elvis Presley, “Love Me Tender”
195. “I knew I loved you before I met you. I have been waiting all my life.” — Savage Garden, “I Knew I Loved You”
196. “For the two of us, home isn’t a place. It is a person. And we are finally home.” — Stephanie Perkins, Anna and the French Kiss
197. “If you remember me, then I don’t care if everyone else forgets.” — Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore
198. “It was love at first sight, at last sight, at ever and ever sight.” — Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita
199. “The best thing to hold onto in life is each other.” — Audrey Hepburn
200. “As you wish.” — Wesley, The Princess Bride
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Chalky conversation hearts? Too much drama. The same stuff you get on Halloween? Mix it up! There are better options when it comes to candy this Valentine’s Day. Of course, you can stick to the classics (if you’re into that kind of thing) but isn’t the hallmark of any good relationship novelty and variety? Pair these with some flowers or a specially planned date night, and you’ll be earning brownie points that will hopefully last you until next year…or at least until the next holiday. Plus, if you have a couple platonic relationships you want to show some love to this season, candy is the most enjoyable and no-brainer option for that sort of gift giving. Keep it simple!
Cheesecake-flavored M&M’s are back again this year for Valentine’s Day, so here’s hoping their seasonal success makes these a year-round offering soon. Fingers crossed!
The only thing better than the perfect Valentine’s candy is an added holiday pun, so we are living for this Andes “Mint to Be Together” mint chocolate box. The box comes with 56 pieces so it’ll last you awhile, plus it comes with a mix of the classic creme de menthe thins AND the mint cookie crunch thins.
Heart-shaped boxes of candy may be popular around Valentine’s Day but nothing beats this festive box of Oreos.
These Valentine’s Rice Krispies Treats require a little bit of work, which is the fun of it! The kit comes with a cutter to make the Rice Krispies Treats heart-shaped and frosting to decorate them in any way you please.
Candy hearts with a sour twist.
Hostess always comes through with seasonal versions of their best-selling Twinkies, Donettes, CupCakes, and Ding Dongs and the Valentine’s Day editions look just as good as they sound. The Ding Dongs are the same cream-filled chocolate cakes you know and love topped with heart-shaped sprinkes.
Don’t have a date this Valentine’s Day? Swedish Fish are here to remind you that there are plenty of fish in the sea—just not in this holiday bag. The classic candies get swapped out for little chewy hearts.
Customize your M&M’s for a personal touch.
The only fruit you should be eating on V-Day—besides chocolate-covered strawberries.
Hershey’s describes these treats as “the perfect indulgent treat for your partner, best friend, and even yourself! Featuring a smooth melted cocoa center surrounded by a decadent dark chocolate plume, each bite tastes like this season’s most popular dessert,” you know, kind of like an actual lava cake. The bag itself straight-up just calls the Kisses “dark chocolate with a gooey chocolate center.”
When these rosé gummies first hit the market, they sold out almost immediately and led to an insane waiting list. Luckily, Sugarfina now has the stock under control, selling sweet, rosé roses in addition to wine-flavored gummy bears—way better than a bouquet, in our opinion.
Hershey’s goes head-to-head against conversation hearts with Conversation Kisses. They’re the milk chocolate Kisses you’ve always known, just packaged differently: On the bottom of each one is a love note, like “XOXO” or “Gimme a KISS.”
If Valentine’s Day makes you feel like Adam Sandler singing “Love Stinks” in The Wedding Singer, you need these SweeTarts. The heart-shaped gummies look sweet but are totally sour.
True love is giving up your pink and red Starbursts for another. Thankfully, those are the only flavors in this box.
Sour Punch Straws are my go-to gas station snack, and this version makes them festive.
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Valentine’s Day poetry
If you were my world, then I’d be your moon,
your silent protector, a night-light in the gloom.
Our fates intertwined, two bodies in motion
through time and space, our dance of devotion.
If you were my island, then I’d be your sea,
caressing your shores, soft and gentle I’d be.
My tidal embrace would leave gifts on your sands,
but by current and storm, I’d ward your gentle lands.
If you were love’s promise, then I would be time,
your constant companion till stars align.
And though we are mere mortals, true love is divine,
and my devotion eternal, to my one valentine.
My Valentine Girl
I want to give a special Valentine to you,
And I think I’m crushing, if you only knew.
Each day I feel like I’m floating on an endless cloud,
A weightless feather, a soft melodious sound.
As I look into your eyes, your beauty engulfs me.
I feel like I’m flying, soaring, sailing free.
I don’t have things to give, like diamonds or pearls,
But all I want to do is make you my girl.
Happy Valentine’s Day to you, and I must have to say,
That you are the girl that just makes my day!
You’re so sweet, and gorgeous, I never want to part
‘Cause you’re the one that had stolen my heart.
As long as the birds are singing,
As long as the fish can swim,
As long as the sun keeps shining,
I will love you in the bright or dim.
As long as the wind keeps blowing,
As long as the ocean waves,
As long as the stars are shimmering,
You will have my heart enslaved.
As long as time keeps flowing,
As long as the sky is blue,
As long as planets are spinning,
My love will forever be with you.
valentine’s day songs
Keith Urban, ‘Somebody Like You’
I’m breathin’ deeper than I’ve ever done
And it sure feels good
To finally feel the way I do
I’ve forgiven myself for the mistakes I’ve made
Now there’s just one thing
The only thing I wanna do, mmhmm
Shinin’ down on me and you
When you put your arms around me
You let me know there’s nothing in this world I can’t do
I’d take a one step forward and a two steps back
I couldn’t walk a straight line
Even if I wanted to
Hey! I wanna love you baby
Shinin’ down on me and you
When you put your arms around me, oh
Well, baby there ain’t nothing in this world I can’t do
But you’re teachin’ me to be a better man
I don’t want to take this life for granted like I used to do
I’m ready to love somebody, love somebody like you
And I wanna love somebody, love somebody like you, yeah
Shinin’ like it’s true
I wanna be the man that you run to, whenever I call on you
When everything that loved someone finally found it’s way
Wanna be a better man
I see it in you yeah
Oh, yeah, yeah
Hey, I wanna love you baby
Oh, oh, yeah yeah
little river band lady lyrics
Take time to make time
Make time to be there
Look around, be a part
Feel for the winter
But don’t have a cold heart
You’re not like the rest
You’re there when I need you
You’re there when I need
I’m gonna need you
I had a lady to love
She made me think of things
I never thought of
Now she’s gone and I’m on my own
A love song has come into my mind
A love song
It was there all the time
Let me take a look at you now
You’re there on the dance floor
Making me want you somehow
I think it’s only fair
I should say to you
Don’t be thinkin’ that I don’t want you
‘Cause maybe I do
I have no answers
But know where I wanna be
I look around, play a part
I was born in the winter
And cooled by a warm heart
You’re not like the rest
You’re there when I need you
You’re there when I need
I’m gonna need you
Let me take a look at you now
You’re there on the dance floor
Making me want you somehow
I think it’s only fair I should say to you
Don’t be thinkin’ that I don’t want you
‘Cause maybe I do
Don’t be thinkin’ that I don’t want you
Lady I do
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Celebration and status worldwide
Canadian couple (she, a member of the Canadian Women’s Army Corps; he, a member of the Canadian Air Force) chalking hearts onto a tree on Valentine’s Day 1944
Valentine’s Day customs – sending greeting cards (known as “valentines”), offering confectionary and presenting flowers – developed in early modern England and spread throughout the English-speaking world in the 19th century. In the later 20th and early 21st centuries, these customs spread to other countries, like those of Halloween, or than aspects of Christmas, (such as Santa Claus).
Valentine’s Day is celebrated in many East Asian countries with Singaporeans, Chinese and South Koreans spending the most money on Valentine’s gifts.Americas
In most Latin American countries, for example, Costa Rica, Mexico, and Puerto Rico, Saint Valentine’s Day is known as Día de los Enamorados (‘Day of Lovers’) or as Día del Amor y la Amistad (‘Day of Love and Friendship’). It is also common to see people perform “acts of appreciation” for their friends.
In Guatemala it is known as Día del Cariño (‘Affection Day’). Some countries, in particular the Dominican Republic and El Salvador, have a tradition called Amigo secreto (“Secret friend”), which is a game similar to the Christmas tradition of Secret Santa.
Main article: Dia dos Namorados
In Brazil, the Dia dos Namorados (lit. “Lovers’ Day”, or “Boyfriends’/Girlfriends’ Day”) is celebrated on June 12, probably because that is the day before Saint Anthony’s day, known there as the ‘marriage saint’, when traditionally many single women perform popular rituals, called simpatias, in order to find a good husband or boyfriend. Couples exchange gifts, chocolates, cards, and flower bouquets. The February 14 Valentine’s Day is not celebrated at all because it usually falls too little before or too little after the Brazilian Carnival – that can fall anywhere from early February to early March and lasts almost a week. Because of the absence of Valentine’s Day and due to the celebrations of the Carnivals, Brazil was recommended by U.S. News & World Report as a tourist destination during February for Western singles who want to get away from the holiday.
Colombia celebrates Día del amor y la amistad on the third Saturday in September instead. Amigo Secreto is also popular there.
Conversation hearts, candies with messages on them, are strongly associated with Valentine’s Day.
African American Valentine’s school dance, Richmond, Virginia 1956
In the United States, about 190 million Valentine’s Day cards are sent each year, not including the hundreds of millions of cards school children exchange.
Valentine’s Day is a major source of economic activity, with total expenditures in 2017 topping $18.2 billion in 2017, or over $136 per person. This is an increase from $108 per person in 2010.
In the Afghan tradition, love is often expressed through poetry. Some new generation budding poets like Ramin Mazhar, Ma
htab Sahel are expressing themselves through poetry using Valentine’s Day expressing concerns on any likelihood of erosion of freedoms. In their political comment they defy fear by saying ‘I kiss you amid the Taliban
Main article: Valentine’s Day in Bangladesh
Valentine’s Day was first celebrated in Bangladesh by Shafik Rehman, a journalist and editor of Jaijaidin in 1993. He was acquainted with Western culture by studying in London. He highlighted Valentine’s Day to the Bangladeshi people through Jaijaidin newspaper. Rehman is called the “father of Valentine’s Day in Bangladesh”. On this day, people in various bonds including lovers, friends, husbands and wives, mothers and children, students and teachers express their love for each other with flowers, chocolates, cards and other gifts. On this day, various parks and recreation centers of the country are full of people of love. No public holiday is declared on this day in Bangladesh.
Some in Bangladesh feel that celebrating this day is not acceptable from a cultural and Islamic point of view. Before the celebration of Valentine’s Day, February 14 was celebrated as the anti-authoritarian day in Bangladesh. However, that day is forgotten by people to celebrate Valentine’s Day.
See also: The Cowherd and the Weaver Girl
In Chinese, Valentine’s Day is called lovers’ festival (simplified Chinese: 情人节; traditional Chinese: 情人節; Mandarin: Qīng Rén Jié; Hokkien: Chêng Lîn Chiat; Cantonese: Chìhng Yàhn Jit; Shanghainese Xin Yin Jiq). The “Chinese Valentine’s Day” is the Qixi Festival (meaning “The Night of Sevens” (Chinese: 七夕; pinyin: Qi Xi)), celebrated on the seventh day of the seventh month of the lunar calendar. According to the legend, the Cowherd star and the Weaver Maid star are normally separated by the Milky Way (silvery river) but are allowed to meet by crossing it on the 7th day of the 7th month of the Chinese calendar.
In recent years, celebrating White Day has also become fashionable among some young people.
Main article: Valentine’s Day in India
In India, in antiquity, there was a tradition of adoring Kamadeva, the lord of love; exemplificated by the erotic carvings in the Khajuraho Group of Monuments and by the writing of the Kamasutra. This tradition was lost around the Middle Ages, when Kamadeva was no longer celebrated, and public displays of sexual affection became frowned upon. This repression of public affections began to loosen in the 1990s.
Valentine’s Day celebrations did not catch on in India until around 1992. It was spread due to the programs in commercial TV channels, such as MTV, dedicated radio programs, and love letter competitions, in addition to an economical liberalization that allowed the explosion of the valentine card industry. The celebration has caused a sharp change on how people have been displaying their affection in public since the Middle Ages.
When we give attention to Valentine’s Day we find that 68%, including Hindu, Muslim and Christian of people of India do not support of Valentine’s Day.
In modern times, Hindu and Islamic traditionalists have considered the holiday to be cultural contamination from the West, a result of globalization in India. Shiv Sena and the Sangh Parivar have asked their followers to shun the holiday and the “public admission of love” because of them being “alien to Indian culture”. Although these protests are organized by political elites, the protesters themselves are middle-class Hindu men who fear that the globalization will destroy the traditions in their society: arranged marriages, Hindu joint families, full-time mothers, etc. Despite these obstacles, Valentine’s Day is becoming increasingly popular in India.
Valentine’s Day has been strongly criticized from a postcolonial perspective by intellectuals from the Indian left. The holiday is regarded as a front for “Western imperialism”, “neocolonialism”, and “the exploitation of working classes through commercialism by multinational corporations”. It is claimed that as a result of Valentine’s Day, the working classes and rural poor become more disconnected socially, politically, and geographically from the hegemonic capitalist power structure. They also criticize mainstream media attacks on Indians opposed to Valentine’s Day as a form of demonization that is designed and derived to further the Valentine’s Day agenda. Right wing Hindu nationalists are also hostile. In February 2012, Subash Chouhan of the Bajrang Dal warned couples that “They cannot kiss or hug in public places. Our activists will beat them up”. He said “We are not against love, but we criticize vulgar exhibition of love at public places”.
Main article: Valentine’s Day in Iran
Part of a celebration of Valentine’s Day in Tehran.
Since the mid-2000s, Valentine’s Day has become increasingly popular in Iran, especially among young people. However, it has also been the subject of heavy criticism from Iranian conservatives, who see it as part of the spread of “decadent” Western culture. Since 2011, authorities have attempted to discourage celebrations and impose restrictions on the sale and production of Valentine’s Day-related goods, although the holiday remains popular as of 2018. Additionally, there have been efforts to revive the ancient Persian festival of Sepandārmazgān, which takes place around the same time, to replace Valentine’s Day, although, as of 2016, this has also been largely unsuccessful.
In Israel, the Jewish tradition of Tu B’Av has been revived and transformed into the Jewish equivalent of Valentine’s Day. It is celebrated on the 15th day of the month of Av (usually in late August). In ancient times girls would wear white dresses and dance in the vineyards, where the boys would be waiting for them (Mishna Taanith end of Chapter 4). Today, Tu B’Av is celebrated as a second holiday of love by secular people (along with Valentine’s Day), and it shares many of the customs associated with Saint Valentine’s Day in western societies. In modern Israeli culture Tu B’Av is a popular day to proclaim love, propose marriage, and give gifts like cards or flowers.
In Japan, Morozoff Ltd. introduced the holiday for the first time in 1936, when it ran an advertisement aimed at foreigners. Later, in 1953, it began promoting the giving of heart-shaped chocolates; other Japanese confectionery companies followed suit thereafter. In 1958, the Isetan department store ran a “Valentine sale”. Further campaigns during the 1960s popularized the custom.
The custom that only women give chocolates to men may have originated from the translation error of a chocolate-company executive during the initial campaigns. In particular, office ladies give chocolate to their co-workers. Unlike western countries, gifts such as greeting cards, candies, flowers, or dinner dates are uncommon, and most of the gifts-related activity is about giving the right amount of chocolate to each person. Japanese chocolate companies make half their annual sales during this time of the year.
Many women feel obliged to give chocolates to all male co-workers, except when the day falls on a Sunday, a holiday. This is known as giri-choko (義理チョコ), from ‘giri’ (“obligation”) and ‘choko’, (“chocolate”), with unpopular co-workers receiving only “ultra-obligatory” (‘chō-giri choko’) cheap chocolate. This contrasts with honmei-choko (本命チョコ, lit. “true feeling chocolate”), chocolate given to a loved one. Friends, especially girls, may exchange chocolate referred to as tomo-choko (友チョコ, from ‘tomo’ meaning “friend”).
In the 1980s, the Japanese National Confectionery Industry Association launched a successful campaign to make March 14 a “reply day”, where men are expected to return the favour to those who gave them chocolates on Valentine’s Day, calling it White Day for the color of the chocolates being offered. A previous failed attempt to popularize this celebration had been done by a marshmallow manufacturer who wanted men to return marshmallows to women.
In Japan, the romantic “date night” associated to Valentine’s Day is celebrated on Christmas Eve.
Valentine’s Day themed bouquet of cupcakes
Saint Valentine is the patron saint for a large part of the Lebanese population. Couples take the opportunity of Valentine’s feast day to exchange sweet words and gifts as proof of love. Such gifts typically include boxes of chocolates, cupcakes, and red roses, which are considered the emblem of sacrifice and passion.
Lebanese people celebrate Valentine’s Day in a different way in every city. In Beirut, men take women out to dine and may buy them a gift. Many women are asked to marry on that day. In Sidon, Valentine’s Day is celebrated with the whole family – it is more about family love than a couple’s love.
Islamic officials in West Malaysia warned Muslims against celebrating Valentine’s Day, linking it with vice activities. Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said the celebration of romantic love was “not suitable” for Muslims. Wan Mohamad Sheikh Abdul Aziz, head of the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim), which oversees the country’s Islamic policies said that a fatwa (ruling) issued by the country’s top clerics in 2005 noted that the day ‘is associated with elements of Christianity,’ and ‘we just cannot get involved with other religions’ worshipping rituals.’ Jakim officials planned to carry out a nationwide campaign called “Awas Jerat Valentine’s Day” (“Mind the Valentine’s Day Trap”), aimed at preventing Muslims from celebrating the day on February 14, 2011. Activities include conducting raids in hotels to stop young couples from having unlawful sex and distributing leaflets to Muslim university students warning them against the day.
On Valentine’s Day 2011, West Malaysian religious authorities arrested more than 100 Muslim couples concerning the celebration ban. Some of them would be charged in the Shariah Court for defying the department’s ban against the celebration of Valentine’s Day.
In East Malaysia, the celebration are much more tolerated among young Muslim couples although some Islamic officials and Muslim activists from the West side have told younger generations to refrain from such celebration by organising da’wah and tried to spread their ban into the East. In both the states of Sabah and Sarawak, the celebration is usually common with flowers.
The concept of Valentine’s Day was introduced into Pakistan during the late 1990s with special TV and radio programs. The Jamaat-e-Islami political party has called for the banning of Valentine’s Day celebration. Despite this, the celebration is becoming popular among urban youth and the florists expect to sell a great amount of flowers, especially red roses. The case is the same with card publishers.
In 2016, the local governing body of Peshwar officially banned the celebration of Valentine’s Day in the city. The ban was also implemented in other cities such as Kohat by the local governments.
In 2017, the Islamabad High Court banned Valentine’s Day celebrations in public places in Pakistan. More than 80% of Dawn readers polled on its website agreed with this decision.
In 2018, because of a petition by a citizen, Abdul Waheed, the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority advised broadcasters and newspapers against airing any Valentine’s Day celebrations.
In the Philippines, Valentine’s Day is called Araw ng mga Puso in much the same manner as in the West. It is usually marked by a steep increase in the price of flowers, particularly red roses. It is the most popular day for weddings, with some localities offering mass ceremonies for no charge.
In Saudi Arabia, in 2002 and 2008, religious police banned the sale of all Valentine’s Day items, telling shop workers to remove any red items, because the day is considered a Christian holiday. This ban has created a black market for roses and wrapping paper. In 2012, the religious police arrested more than 140 Muslims for celebrating the holiday, and confiscated all red roses from flower shops. Muslims are not allowed to celebrate the holiday, and non-Muslims can celebrate only behind closed doors.
“Saudi cleric Sheikh Muhammad Al-‘Arifi said on Valentine’s Day Eve that celebrating this holiday constitutes bid’a – a forbidden innovation and deviation from religious law and custom – and mimicry of the West.”
However, in 2017 and 2018, after a fatwa was widely circulated, the religious police did not prevent Muslims from celebrating the day. In 2018, Sheikh Ahmed Qasim Al-Ghamdi, a Saudi cleric and former president of the Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, said that Valentine’s Day is not haram and is compatible with Islamic values.
According to findings, Singaporeans are among the biggest spenders on Valentine’s Day, with 60% of Singaporeans indicating that they would spend between $100 and $500 during the season leading up to the holiday.
In South Korea, women give chocolate to men on February 14, and men give non-chocolate candy to women on March 14 (White Day). On April 14 (Black Day), those who did not receive anything on February or March 14 go to a Chinese-Korean restaurant to eat black noodles (짜장면 jajangmyeon) and lament their ‘single life’. Koreans also celebrate Pepero Day on November 11, when young couples give each other Pepero cookies. The date ’11/11′ is intended to resemble the long shape of the cookie. The 14th of every month marks a love-related day in Korea, although most of them are obscure. From January to December: Candle Day, Valentine’s Day, White Day, Black Day, Rose Day, Kiss Day, Silver Day, Green Day, Music Day, Wine Day, Movie Day, and Hug Day. Korean women give a much higher amount of chocolate than Japanese women.
Taipei 101 in Valentine’s Day 2006
In Taiwan, traditional Qixi Festival, Valentine’s Day and White Day are all celebrated. However, the situation is the reverse of Japan’s. Men give gifts to women on Valentine’s Day, and women return them on White Day.Europe
In the UK, just under half of the population spend money on their Valentines and around £1.3 billion is spent yearly on cards, flowers, chocolates, and other gifts, with an estimated 25 million cards being sent.
In Wales, some people celebrate Dydd Santes Dwynwen (St. Dwynwen’s Day) on January 25 instead of (or as well as) Valentine’s Day. The day commemorates St Dwynwen, the Welsh patron saint of love. The Welsh name for Saint Valentine is Sant Ffolant.
In a 2016 poll conducted by Channel 4 for Valentine’s Day, Jane Austen’s line, “My heart is, and always will be, yours”, from her novel Sense and Sensibility and said by Edward Ferrars (Hugh Grant) to Elinor Dashwood (Emma Thompson) in the acclaimed 1995 film adaptation, was voted the most romantic line from literature, film and TV by thousands of women.
Many Christians make a pilgrimage to Whitefriar Street Carmelite Church in Dublin on Saint Valentine’s Day to implore the intercession of Saint Valentine in their prayers, with the hope of finding true love
On Saint Valentine’s Day in Ireland, many individuals who seek true love make a Christian pilgrimage to the Shrine of St. Valentine in Whitefriar Street Carmelite Church in Dublin, which is said to house relics of Saint Valentine of Rome; they pray at the shrine in hope of finding romance. There lies a book in which foreigners and locals have written their prayer requests for love.
Finland and Estonia
In Finland, Valentine’s Day is called ystävänpäivä, which means “Friend’s Day”. As the name indicates, this day is more about remembering friends, not significant others. In Estonia, Valentine’s Day was originally called valentinipäev and later also sõbrapäev (‘Friend’s Day’) as a calque of the Finnish term.
In France, a traditionally Catholic country, Valentine’s Day is known simply as “Saint Valentin”, and is celebrated in much the same way as other western countries. The relics of Saint Valentin de Terni, the patron of the St Valentine’s Day, are in the Catholic church of Saint-Jean-Baptiste and Saint-Jean-l’Evangéliste located in the southern France town of Roquemaure, Gard. The celebrations of “Fête des Amoureux” takes place every two years on the Sunday closest to February 14. The village gets dressed in its 19th-century costume and put on the program with over 800 people.
St. Valentine’s Day, or Ημέρα του Αγίου Βαλεντίνου in Greek tradition was not associated with romantic love. In the Eastern Orthodox church there is another Saint who protects people who are in love, Hyacinth of Caesarea (feast day July 3), but this was not widely known until the late 1990s In contemporary Greece, Valentine’s Day is generally celebrated as in the common Western tradition.
Saint Valentine’s Day was introduced to Poland together with the cult of Saint Valentine via Bavaria and Tyrol. However, it rose in popularity only in the 1990s. The only (and the biggest) public celebration in Poland is held annually from 2002 in Chełmno under the name „Walentynki Chełmińskie” (Chełmno Valentine’s). Because Chełmno’s parish church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary has been holding the relic of St. Valentine since the Middle Ages, local cult of the saint has been combined with the Anglo-Saxon tradition.
In Portugal, the holiday is known as “Dia dos Namorados” (Lover’s Day / Day of the Enamoured). As elsewhere, couples exchange gifts, but in some regions, women give a lenço de namorados (“lovers’ handkerchief”), which is usually embroidered with love motifs.
In recent years, Romania has also started celebrating Valentine’s Day. This has drawn backlash from several groups, institutions, and nationalist organizations like Noua Dreaptǎ, who condemn Valentine’s Day for being superficial, commercialist, and imported Western kitsch. In order to counter the perceived denaturation of national culture, Dragobete, a spring festival celebrated in parts of Southern Romania, has been rekindled after having been ignored during the Communist years as the traditional Romanian holiday for lovers. The holiday is named after a character from Romanian folklore who was supposed to be the son of Baba Dochia. Its date used to vary depending on the geographical area, however nowadays it is commonly observed on February 24.
In Denmark and Norway, February 14 is known as Valentinsdag, and it is celebrated in much the same manner as in the United Kingdom.In Sweden it is called Alla hjärtans dag (“All Hearts’ Day”) but is not widely celebrated. A 2016 survey revealed that less than 50% of men and women were planning to buy presents for their partners. The holiday has only been observed since the 1960s.
In Spain, Valentine’s Day is known as “San Valentín” and is celebrated the same way as in the rest of the West.