Valentine's Day is an annual holiday celebrated on February 14. 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. Many people around the world celebrate Valentine’s Day by showing their appreciation for the people they love or adore. Some people take their loved ones for romantic dinner at a restaurant while others may choose this day to propose or get married. Many people give greeting cards, chocolates, jewelers or flowers, particularly roses, to their partners or admirers on Valentine’s Day.
It is also a time to appreciate friends in some social circles and cultures. For example, Valentine's Day in Finland refers to “Friend's Day”, which is more about remembering all friends. Valentine's Day in Guatemala is known as Day of Love and Friendship. It is similar to Valentine’s Day customs and traditions in countries such as the United States but it is also a time for many to show their appreciation for their friends.
Hearts, the color of 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. A Cupid is usually portrayed as a small winged figure with a bow and an 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 a Cupid's arrow”. The day focuses on love, romance, appreciation and friendship.
In our school we also celebrated this day. Volunteers wrote their love letters or cards and a few days before the day they threw them into a special box. On the very day some students delivered the Valentine messages to the lucky ones. Some of them were very happy but some others were very surprised that somebody appreciated them that much.