On February 14th, some countries celebrate St Valentine’s Day, or Valentine’s Day, for short. People show their affection by sending chocolate, flowers and gifts to their special person.
Story goes that the festival originated in Lupercalia, a Roman celebration for the coming of spring. Pope Gelasius I, back in the 5th century, forbade this celebration as it was of pagan origin and, in exchange, replaced it with St Valentine’s Day.
Valentine’s Day started to be considered a celebration of love only as of the 14th century.
If you want to talk about this special date, you may need the following vocabulary in English: