Valentine's Day 2020: When is Valentine's Day 2021 & 2022?
Valentine’s Day is an emotional time of a year when people show their feelings of love, affection and friendship. It is celebrated worldwide and falls on February 14 each year. Valentine's Day 2020 will occur this date again and it will be on Thursday.
Every February 14, across the United States and in other places around the world, candy, flowers and gifts are exchanged between loved ones, all in the name of St. Valentine. The Valentine's Day first became associated with romantic love within the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer, an English poet and author, in the 14th century, when the tradition of gentle love flourished. In 18th-century England, it 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"). Today, approximately 150 million Valentine's Day cards are exchanged annually, making Valentine's Day the second most popular card-sending holiday after Christmas.
Now let's take a look at this romantic holiday together and learn the background, meaning and symbols of Valentine's Day and list the Valentine’s Day dates.
What is Valentine’s Day?
The origins of Valentine's Day are not so clear but many sources believe that it stems from the story of St Valentine, a Roman priest who was martyred on or around February 14 in the year 270.
The reason of him becoming the patron saint of lovers remains its mystery, but one theory is that the church used the day of St Valentine’s martyrdom to Christianize the old Roman Lupercalia, a pagan festival held around the middle of February. The ancient ceremony included putting girls’ names in a box and letting the boys draw them out. Couples would then be paired off until the following year. The Christian church substituted saints’ names for girls’ names hoping that the participant would model his life after the saint whose name he drew. However, it was once again girls’ names that ended up in the box by the 16th century.
Another embellishment suggests that Saint Valentine performed clandestine Christian weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry. The Roman Emperor Claudius II supposedly forbade this in order to grow his army, believing that married men did not make for good soldiers. However, George Monger writes that this marriage ban was never issued and that Claudius II told his soldiers to take two or three women for themselves after his victory over the Goths.
Saint Valentine supposedly wore a purple amethyst ring, customarily worn on the hands of Christian bishops with an image of Cupid engraved in it, a recognizable symbol associated with love that was legal under the Roman Empire. Roman soldiers would recognize the ring and ask him to perform marriage for them. Probably due to the association with Saint Valentine, amethyst has become the birthstone of February, which is thought to attract love.
Moreover, the custom of sending anonymous cards or messages to those whom one admired became the accepted way of celebrating Valentine’s Day. The first increase in interest in Valentine's Day started in the United States and then in Canada, in the mid-19th century. Early versions of Valentine cards made of satin and lace and decorated with flowers, ribbons, and images of cupid, roses, angels or birds appeared in England in the 1880s.
The day is popular in the United States as well as in Britain, Canada, and Australia, and it is also celebrated in other countries, including Argentina, France, Mexico, and South Korea.
In the Philippines, it is the most common wedding anniversary, and mass weddings' day of hundreds of couples. The holiday has expanded to expressions of affection among relatives and friends not only partners. For example, many schoolchildren exchange positive feelings with each other on this day.
Valentine's Day is also a special time to feel thankful to the friends in some cultures. For example, Valentine's Day in Finland is celebrated as “Friend's day”, which is more about remembering all friends rather than focusing solely on romance. Valentine's Day in Guatemala is known again as Day of Love and Friendship. It is similar to Valentine’s Day customs and traditions countries such as the United States but it is also a time for many to show their appreciation for their friends.
When is Valentine’s Day 2020?
Valentine's Day, also called Saint Valentine's Day, is celebrated on February 14 annually. Originating as a Western Christian feast day honoring one or two early saints named Valentinus, Valentine's Day is recognized as a significant cultural, religious and -of course -commercial celebration of romance and love in many countries around the world, although it is not a public holiday in any country. Although there were several Christian martyrs named Valentine, according to a more common belief, the day may have taken its name from a priest who was martyred about 270 CE by the emperor Claudius II Gothicus. According to legend, the priest signed a letter “from your Valentine” to his jailer’s daughter, whom he had befriended and, by some accounts, healed from blindness. Other accounts hold that it was St. Valentine of Terni, a bishop, for whom the holiday was named, though it is possible the two saints were actually one person. Another common legend states that St. Valentine defied the emperor’s orders and secretly married couples to spare the husbands from war. It is for this reason that his feast day is associated with love.
Formal messages, or valentines, appeared in the 1500s, and by the late 1700s commercially printed cards were being used. The first commercial Valentine's Day cards in the United States were printed in the mid-1800s. Valentines commonly depict Cupid, the Roman god of love, along with hearts, traditionally the seat of emotion. Because it was thought that the avian mating season begins in mid-February, birds also became a symbol of the day. Traditional gifts include candy and flowers, particularly red roses, a symbol of beauty and love.
Many people around the world celebrate Valentine’s Day by showing their love and appreciation for the people they love or adore. This is a great time and chance to prove your deep true love to your loved ones. Some people take their loved ones for a romantic dinner at a restaurant while some may choose this day to propose or get married. Many people don't forget to give each other greeting cards, chocolates, jewelry or flowers, particularly roses in Valentine's Day. Some of them make a romantic vacation plan to get away a couple of day by considering the date.
Hearts, the colors red and pink, roses, images and statues of cupids, and cupids’ bows and arrows symbolize the feeling of romance and love on Valentine’s Day. Cupid is usually portrayed as a small winged figure with a bow and arrow. In mythology, he uses his arrow to strike the hearts of people. People who fall in love are sometimes said to be “struck by Cupid's arrow”. In brief, Valentine's Day focuses on love, romance, appreciation and friendship all over the world.
No matter how it is celebrated, in fact, the evening meal or the given gifts are of little importance. The important thing is to transfer feelings to the other side, to remember and to express the satisfaction of being together. For couples who are happy to be together, every moment of the year can pass on special and full of emotions like Valentine's Day. While this special day certainly deserves attention, it is also a doctrine that no special day should be needed to express love. What if Valentine's Day hadn't been invented one day? Wouldn't you like to buy a celebration card, flower, or gift? Or a romantic dinner, or a few days on a holiday? Of course, you would do all that. Valentine's Day is an important date to remind us of the things we've forgotten in the running of daily life. Otherwise, we know that loving hearts always keep each other warm and happy. A life built together is the best gift for people who love each other.
Dates for Valentine’s Day 2020 to 2025
Although Valentine’s Day date is 14th of February each year and it doesn't change, here you can find the days that Valentine’s Day will occur from 2020 to 2026:
|When is ..?||Date||Day of the week|
|Valentine’s Day 2020||February 14, 2020||Friday|
|Valentine’s Day 2021||February 14, 2021||Sunday|
|Valentine’s Day 2022||February 14, 2022||Monday|
|Valentine’s Day 2023||February 14, 2023||Tuesday|
|Valentine’s Day 2024||February 14, 2024||Wednesday|
|Valentine’s Day 2025||February 14, 2025||Friday|
|Valentine’s Day 2026||February 14, 2026||Saturday|
What is open and closed on Valentine’s Day 2020?
Valentine’s Day is not a public holiday in many countries, including Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States. Banks, schools, post offices and all public and private businesses have normal opening hours on Valentine’s Day 2020. However, restaurants, hotels and shopping centers become too busy around Valentine’s Day date of the year. To get a gift or make a reservation, it is good to act a little beforehand. Or you can cause disappointment, we really don't want it :)