Valentine’s Day. Valentine’s Day. Saint Valentine’s Day is commonly shortened to Valentine’s Day. It falls every year on the 14 th of February. It is a day where people show their love for each other, often with gifts, cards and flowers. It is observed in many countries worldwide. History.
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The connection was first made when Geoffrey Chaucer wrote a poem for the engagement of King Richard II of England on 14th February which read “For this is Saint Valentine’s Day, When every bird chooses his mate.”
From around the mid 1900s people also started giving gifts as well as cards for Valentine’s Day such as chocolates, roses, stuffed toys and jewellery.
In Finland the Finnish translates to ‘Friends Day’ and the day is more about being grateful for your friends.
Verona, the Italian city where Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet lived, receives about 1,000 letters every year sent to Juliet on Valentine's Day.