Valentine’s Day in the United States

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Valentine’s Day is celebrated on February 14. It is a romantic love festival and many people give cards, letters, flowers or gifts to their spouse or partner. They can also organize a romantic dinner in a restaurant or a night in a hotel. The common symbols of Valentine’s Day are hearts, red roses and Cupid.
Valentine's Day in the United States
What do people do?
Many people celebrate their love for their partner by sending cards or letters, giving gifts or flowers and arranging meals in restaurants or romantic nights in hotels. People who wish to have a romantic relationship with someone can take advantage of the occasion to make this known, often anonymously. Valentine’s cards are often decorated with images of hearts, red roses or Cupid. The common Valentine’s Day gifts are flowers, chocolates, sweets, lingerie and champagne or sparkling wine. However, some people take advantage of the occasion to present sumptuous gifts, such as jewelry. Many restaurants and hotels have special offers at this time. These may include romantic meals or weekend breaks.

Public life
Valentine’s Day is not a holiday. Government offices, stores, schools and other organizations are open as usual. Public transit systems operate on their regular schedule. Restaurants can be busier than usual as many people go out to spend an afternoon with their spouse or partner. Valentine’s Day is also a very popular date for weddings.

Background
There is a series of saints called Valentine who are honored on February 14. The day was associated with romantic love in the Middle Ages in England. This may have followed from the pagan fertility festivals that took place across Europe when winter came to an end. Traditionally, lovers exchanged handwritten notes. Commercial cards began to be available in the mid-nineteenth century.

Symbols
The most common symbols of Valentine’s Day are the heart, especially in the reds and pinks, and the images or models of Cupid. Cupid is usually represented as a small winged figure with bow and arrow. In mythology, use your arrow to hit the hearts of people. People who have fallen in love are sometimes struck by Cupid’s arrow. Other symbols of Valentine’s Day are the couples in loving hugs and the gifts of flowers, chocolate, red roses and lingerie that couples often give each other.





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