Valentine’s Day is on the 14th February each year and celebrates love. It is named after Saint Valentine. At this time of year it is where lovers show each other their love by buying chocolate boxes or flowers.

It originated in the 14th century when Valentine pairs were formed in England. When some English people went to America, they took this custom with them. After World War 2, US soldiers brought the Valentine’s custom to the rest of Europe.

Who was Saint Valentine?

In the third century (A.D), Saint Valentine was the bishop of Italy. He performed marriages for those who would otherwise not be allowed to get married. He then gave flowers to the newly married couple from his garden – which is why we associate flowers with Valentine’s Day.

However, none of this pleased the Emperor and he was beheaded in 269AD.