Valentine, though not an official public holiday in any country is widely celebrated all around the world. It’s a time when people share romantic moments, gifts and lots of romantic excursions (at leisure though). Valentine celebration around the world is more secular, contrary to its origin and significance.
Valentine’s Day, also called Saint Valentine’s Day or The Feast of Valentine is a pattern of liturgy (worship) feast prescribed by Western Christian Congregation every February 14 in honour of an early saint called Valentinus who was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry and for ministering to Christians, who were persecuted under the Roman Empire. He healed the Daughter of his jailer while in prison, Asterius and before his execution, he wrote her a letter signed “Your Valentine” as a farewell. England, in the 18th century celebrates this day as lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards (known as “valentines”).
From the synopsis of Valentine’s history, it can be seen that Valentine originated from the church. According to Wikipedia, the celebration of Saint Valentine did not have any romantic connotations until Chaucer’s poetry ” Parlement of Foules (1382)” about “Valentines” in the 14th century. Valentine’s day in most part of the world nowadays is specialised for randy plays after visiting cinemas, restaurants and lots of fun places during the day. In addition, valentine is not a day where only the men takes the women out shopping, it’s a day to show love by exchanging gifts between lovers as it is done by British in the 18th century.