When: February 14th
Giving flowers, in particular Roses to loved ones. Making cards and sending gifts such as chocolate candy in heart shaped boxes to someone you have a crush on or are already in a loving relationship with.
According to the National Retail Federation Americans spend about 1.7 billion on candy and chocolate during this holiday. Approximately 36 million heart shaped boxes of chocolate are sold.
Valentines Day, also commonly referred to as Saint Valentine's Day is know around the world as a celebration of love and romance. It is associated as a having Christian origins because of the Saint Valentines guiding a teaching Christians that were under persecution during the Roman Empire rule. There are many rumors and stories that describe St. Valentines love and passion for others. It is been said that helped his jailers daughter restore her vision and prior to his execution, he wrote a letter to here signed "Your Valentine". Years after his death in February 14th in the year 269 AD, Pope Gelasius established a feast in the St. Valentines honor to commemorate his love and passion for others. This celebration became a reason and a way for people to express their love and admiration for others. In the famous book "The Valentine and it's Origins" by Frank Staff, the legend has it that St. Valentine cut little hearts out of parchment to give to soldiers and persecuted Christians to wear to remember their vows and God's Love.