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What is Valentine's Day?

Antique Valentine's card
Valentine's Day (or Saint Valentine's Day) is observed on February 14 each year. Today Valentine's Day is celebrated in many countries around the world, mostly in the West, although it remains a working day in all of them. The original "St. Valentine" was just a liturgical celebration of one or more early Christian saint named Valentin's. All the modern romantic connotations were added several centuries later by poets.

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").

Modern Valentine's Day symbols include the heart-shaped outline, doves, and the figure of the winged Cupid. Since the 19th century, handwritten valentines have given way to mass-produced greeting cards. 

When is Valentine's Day 2017?

Valentine's Day 2017 is on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 (in 377 days).

Dates for Valentine's Day from 2010 to 2020

The next occurrence of Valentine's Day is marked in red.

When is ...? Date      Day of the week      Days away     
Valentine's Day 2010      February 14, 2010      Sunday      2180 days ago
Valentine's Day 2011      February 14, 2011      Monday      1815 days ago
Valentine's Day 2012      February 14, 2012      Tuesday      1450 days ago
Valentine's Day 2013      February 14, 2013      Thursday      1084 days ago
Valentine's Day 2014      February 14, 2014      Friday      719 days ago
Valentine's Day 2015      February 14, 2015      Saturday      354 days ago
Valentine's Day 2016      February 14, 2016      Sunday      in 11 days
Valentine's Day 2017      February 14, 2017      Tuesday      in 377 days
Valentine's Day 2018      February 14, 2018      Wednesday      in 742 days
Valentine's Day 2019      February 14, 2019      Thursday      in 1107 days
Valentine's Day 2020      February 14, 2020      Friday      in 1472 days