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A Day of Love

KAITLIN KLIES Jon Jee Staff Published: February 14, 2018 7:22 AM

Every February 14th, across the United States and some parts of the world, candies, chocolates, stuffed animals, and flowers are exchanged between lovers, friends, and family. Some believe that Valentine’s day is celebrated in the middle of the month, dedicated to the anniversary of the death of St. Valentine’s death or burial. At the end of the 5th century, when Pope Gelasius declared February 14th St. Valentine's Day, and it was declared as “un-Christian.” It was not till much later that it became associated with love. In the middle ages, it was believed that in France and England that the 14th was the start of mating season for birds, which added to the idea that Valentine's day should be romantic.

Valentines day greetings were the start of gifts handed out to ones lover and goes back as far as the Middle Ages, even though written ones did not appear until the 1400s. There is a theory that St. Valentine himself, while he was in prison, sent the first Valentine's day greeting to a young girl he fell in love with. But the oldest known Valentine greeting still exists today and it was a poem written by the Duke of Orleans that was to his wife while he was in prison. In the world today, there are an estimated 150 billion Valentine’s day cards exchanged each year making it the second most popular card-sending holiday with Christmas being first.

Valentine's day is also celebrated in Canada, Mexico, France, Australia and the United Kingdom. In the United States, people began exchanging handmade valentines in the early 1700s. For many people in the United States now, they celebrate it by sending letters or flowers and plan romantic evenings out with their partners for a nice dinner and evening out in the town.

For children, while at school, many of them decorate boxes and make or buy cards to put in each others boxes sometimes with a treat attached to it as well. They have little classroom parties with their classmates and celebrate the day of love with treats and fun games. For high schoolers, many of the schools hold dances that many of the students attend with their “sweethearts” or group of friends.

Many people enjoy the February 14th when it comes around, but others find themselves alone and grumpy with all the love in the air. But do not worry lonely people, you’ll find your Valentine one day and exchange cards and gifts with them. Until then, you can look forward to the discounted candy sales the next day.

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