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Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day 2021, 2022 and 2023

Each 14 February in France is a significant observance for Saint Valentine’s Day. La Saint Valentin, or Saint Valentine’s Day, is pre-eminently a day for couples in love, but the observance also has Roman Catholic roots in many ways.

YearDateDayHoliday
202114 FebSunValentine's Day
202214 FebMonValentine's Day
202314 FebTueValentine's Day
202414 FebWedValentine's Day
Please scroll down to end of page for previous years' dates.

The story behind Valentine’s Day goes back to the Roman Empire days when Emperor Claude II banned the sacrament of marriage and marriage itself amongst young people. However, a priest named Valentine began conducting weddings in secret, for which he was ultimately arrested and executed.

After the fall of the Roman Empire, Pope Gelase I declared Valentine a saint. Centuries later, the date of his execution, 14 February, is celebrated by many as a tribute to the resilience and sacrifice of true love in the face of oppression.

The symbols of Valentine’s Day include Cupid, the Roman god of love, with his bow and arrow ready to strike the heart of his “victims” with lovesickness. Pink and red hearts also figure prominently. Giving of red or pink flowers, chocolates, greeting cards, and other gifts is part of the tradition. Many couples go out for romantic dinners and spend the whole day together.

Previous Years

YearDateDayHoliday
202014 FebFriValentine's Day
201914 FebThuValentine's Day
201814 FebWedValentine's Day
201714 FebTueValentine's Day