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Happy Valentine's Day!

Nelson Daily Staff
By Nelson Daily Staff
February 13th, 2014

Don’t forget to wish your special someone a Happy Valentine’s Day.

Chocolates, flowers and cards are the traditional gifts for the special Valentine’s Day – and the story of its patron saint that is shrouded in mystery.

However, the month of February has long been celebrated as a month of romance, and that St. Valentine’s Day, as we know it today, contains vestiges of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition.

Valentine’s Day is celebrated in throughout the world, including Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, France and Australia.

In Great Britain, Valentine’s Day began to be popularly celebrated around the 17th century.

By the middle of the 18th, it was common for friends and lovers of all social classes to exchange small tokens of affection or handwritten notes, and by 1900 printed cards began to replace written letters due to improvements in printing technology.

Ready-made cards were an easy way for people to express their emotions in a time when direct expression of one’s feelings was discouraged.

With files from History Channel website.

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