On the 14th of February millions of people around the world celebrate "Valentine's Day", which is associated with the name "Valentine". In fact this holiday is honoring one or more early Christian martyrs named Valentinus and it was first established by Pope Gelasius I in 496 AD.
The day first became associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished. By the 15th century, it had evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards (known as "valentines").
Valentine's Day in Pakistan © Anja Niedringhaus/AP Photo
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