Get loved up for Valentine 2012 FEATURE
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First established by Pope Gelasius I in 496 AD, Valentine's Day celebrates St. Valentine, a Christian priest and martyr who lived in Rome. From the 14th century the saint became linked to love and romance, and today the fourteenth of February is marked with the sending of cards, flowers and gifts to loved ones. This Valentine's day, why not celebrate by taking your loved one to an event near you.
If you live in Norfolk then you'll be familiar with a fictional character named Jack Valentine, who comes round on February 14th, knocking on doors leaving gifts and sweets for children. In Wales, a day of celebrating love is held on the 25th January, called Dydd Santes Dwynwen.
However, for the rest of us, the fourteenth of February means just one thing - a celebration of love and romance. Although this has become a commercial opportunity for many retailers, the £503m that Brits spend each year on flowers, chocolates, gifts and cards obviously shows we're suckers for a bit of romance.
If you're crazy about someone close to you, why not treat them to a special Valentine's Day event near you. We've compiled a list of events taking place that celebrate this magical day.
If you have a Valentines Day event that you'd like us to include, just add your event free of charge.