St. Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day has a very long tradition. It was Christian in origin but it had no romantic meaning until Chaucer wrote a poem in 1382.


In Britain it is a day for people to show their love to one person – either anonymously or with openly, by giving a card, chocolates or red roses. In schools and offices people look forward to seeing how many cards await them when they arrive, and it can get quite competitive.


The Japanese style of Valentine’s Day (of girls giving chocolate to co-workers, friends, teachers and other people) is original to Japan, as is White Day. This English Wikipedia page has a good explanation of the origin of the Japanese Valentine’s Day.  The Valentine’s goods market is very big in the UK, though maybe more chocolate is sold in Japan.


You can see the kind of cards people send on this Amazon UK search.