Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day (also known as Saint Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine) is a global, non-public holiday mainly observed on the 14th day of February as a cultural, religious, and/or commercial tradition to share devotions of love.

Valentine’s Day originated as a Christian feast in honor of several patron saints sharing the same name, most notably Saint Valentine of Rome and Saint Valentine of Terni. The first recorded association of romance with the traditionally Christian feast day is attributed to Geoffrey Chaucer’s “Parliament of Fouls”; his 1382 poem romanticized birds choosing their mates on Valentine Day. In addition to February 14, the Eastern Orthodox church religiously honors Roman presbyter Saint Valentine on July 6 and the Bishop of Interamna (Terni) Hieromartyr Valentine on July 30.


Customs

Culturally Valentine’s is a day to celebrate love –romantic, familial, and/or platonic. Expressions of love vary from simple exchanges of “I love you” to commercially hyped devotions of love with gift giving and romantic dinners. Traditionally flowers are sent to parents, spouses, and/or partners. Courting lovers favor love notes, red roses, boxed chocolates, and candle lit dinners with champagne.

Customs for celebrating Valentine’s Day:

  • Write a personal love letter or sign a commercially printed card for your loved one
  • Gift flowers, balloons, plushies, and/or chocolates; some people find it romantic to have them delivered to their workplace for a more public display of affection; others prefer a private celebration of affection
  • Red roses are the most popular flower to give.  While they are traditional they come at an all time premium expense due to high demand.
  • Share chocolate covered strawberries and champagne with your romantic interest
  • Have dinner with your loved ones (candle lit if for romance)

Traditional Food

  • Aphrodisiacs such as lobster, oysters, shellfish
  • Steak
  • Pasta (Spaghetti is a Disney fan favorite for the hit animation Lady and the Tramp)
  • Chocolates
  • Strawberries (especially chocolate covered)
  • Champagne or wine (for adults 21 years or older in the US)

Travel Tips

Restaurants that have a romantic ambiance or have special Valentine menu offerings tend to be fully booked.  Advanced reservations are highly recommended.  Contact businesses directly to find out if they have any special menus or limited reservations.

Peak Season for Travel:

  • Make reservations early for hotels and restaurants
  • Lodging will be booked far in advance and selling at premium holiday rates
  • Hotels and other accommodations may require a minimum length of stay
  • Valentine’s Day is usually normal traffic but parking near romantic restaurants and other venues can be extremely difficult to find

Hours:

  • Normal business hours

Sales:

  • Most stores have promotional sales for Valentine’s gifts or activities leading up to the holiday
  • Roses and artisan chocolates, however, will command higher prices 
  • Commercial delivery of flowers and other gifts are also subject to higher surcharges and delays

Event Location

Event Timing

  • Date:February 14, 2023