Read about Valentine's Day, its history and how it is celebrated in different parts of the world.

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Valentine's Day Around the World

What is Valentine's Day?

Valentine’s Day is a joyful occasion to celebrate love and romance. It is a festival where people exchange tokens of affection between loved ones. This festivity is observed in countries like the United States, Rome, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, France, India, Mexico, Australia, India, Japan etc. It is a special day chosen for betrothals and wedding ceremonies. On this special occasion, people gift roses, hearts and cupids to their loved ones.

Origin of Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day is said to have originated in Rome, where people celebrate the annual fertility festival called ‘Feast of Lupercalia’. However, Valentine’s Day is actually related to Saint Valentine who lived in Rome during the reign of Emperor Claudius II. It is said that the emperor always waged wars and bloody crusades. Hence he wanted more soldiers to participate in the battle. But most of them refused to join as they were attached to their wives and families. To tackle this problem, he banned marriages throughout the nation. But, Saint Valentine (a romantic priest) arranged secret marriages in the kingdom. This unlawful act of the saint was soon discovered. Hence, on 14th February, 270 A.D, the saint was imprisoned and sentenced to death. Since then February 14th is celebrated in the memory of this great patron saint all over the world as St. Valentine’s Day.

Ways to Celebrate Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day is filled with romance and love all over the world. It is the day for lovers or spouses to express their deepest felt love to their dear ones. Generally people celebrate the occasion by presenting greeting cards, sweet gifts, flowers, chocolates, and jewelry. Private parties and candle light parties are organized to mark the occasion. Restaurants, pubs, malls and multiplexes are over-crowded with people on this special day.

Also known as: Valentine's Day, La Festa Degli Innamorati, La Saint Valentin, Qi Qiao Jie, Valentines Day and White Day.

Valentine's Day Celebrations around the world:
Valentine's Day in Australia
Valentine's Day in China
Valentine's Day in France
Valentine's Day in India
Valentine's Day in Italy
Valentine's Day in Japan
Valentine's Day in United Kingdom
Valentine's Day in United States