Valentine’s Day is celebrated in the UK and many other countries on February 14th.
It is day when couples show their love for their partner by giving them a gift, usually chocolates or flowers, but sometimes something more expensive like jewellery.
In the UK many people also give each other Valentine’s cards. Sometimes people send a card without writing their name and it is a chance to secretly tell someone you love them.
Unlike in Japan, in the UK men usually give gifts and cards to women and it is not so common to give things to family members, friends or co-workers etc. There is also no White Day, which is an original Japanese creation.
The full name of the celebration is Saint Valentine’s Day and it is named after the Christian saint (聖人) Valentine who is the patron saint of lovers (恋人たちの守護聖人).