Saint Valentine’s is a fairly major observance in the United States, though not on a par with holidays like Christmas, New Year’s Day, or Thanksgiving. It is the day of the year dedicated to romantic love, but it is also a day on which schoolchildren exchange less serious cards and receive candy to eat.
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The symbols of Valentine’s Day include Cupid, the Roman god of love, with his bow and arrow ready to strike the heart of his “victims” with lovesickness. Pink and red hearts also figure prominently. Giving of red or pink flowers, chocolates, greeting cards, and other gifts is part of the tradition. Many couples go out for romantic dinners and spend the whole day together.
Oddly enough, there are several different stories of a real-life Saint Valentine, none of which have anything to do with the way the holiday is actually celebrated today in the US.
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