Do you celebrate Valentine’s Day in your country? In the UK it's the most romantic day of the year!

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February 14th is traditionally a celebration of love, so how do people in the UK mark the occasion?

Cards

Sending a Valentine's card to a loved one is a custom that started more than a century ago. Couples give cards to each other, but it is also traditional to send an anonymous card to anyone you secretly love. This practice is particularly common in schools and can be a source of great amusement and embarrassment as everyone tries to work out who sent a card and who has a secret admirer! Valentine's Day symbols on cards include hearts designs, doves, and the figure of the winged angel, Cupid.

Poems

The card might also feature a poem. Probably the most famous lines from a Valentine’s Day poem are:

Roses are red, violets are blue,
Honey is sweet, and so are you.

There are some ironic variations on this poem such as:

Roses are red, violets are blue,
You look like a monkey and smell like one too!

Mobile love

Millions of people use digital means of creating and sending Valentine's Day greeting messages such as e-cards, or printable greeting cards. Texting your Valentine message is an easy (although maybe not very romantic!) option. Valentine's Day text messages include:

WUBMV - will you be my Valentine
xoxoxoxoxo - hugs and kisses
LUWAM<3 - love you with all my heart
ImRdy4Luv - I'm ready for love
:'-) - I'm so happy, I'm crying
ILUVU - I love you

Flowers and chocolates

As well as cards, February 14th is also a day for giving gifts. Traditionally, men give chocolates or flowers to their wives or girlfriends. There are lots of websites offering advice on which Valentine’s present to buy. Popular choices last year included: an mp3 player, red roses, a box of chocolates, a CD of romantic songs, a phone, jewellery, a photo frame or perfume.

Unusual gifts

Some people think that flowers and chocolates seem a little ordinary and so they look for a more unusual gift. For romantic people with plenty of cash these gifts could include: a helicopter flight, a balloon ride, the chance to test-drive a Ferrari, an all-day session at a health club. Others, however, complain that Valentine's Day is yet another opportunity for ever-increasing commercialism. For true romantics the gift of love is enough. Valentine's Day is a popular day to either propose or get married - you'd never forget your wedding anniversary!

Valentine’s Day: Love it or hate it?

We asked a few Brits about their views on Valentine’s Day and here’s what they said. Following the tradition of Valentine’s Day all the comments below are anonymous.

Love it! I always send cards to my mates - and my boyfriend or course.

I would prefer to go without it. I don't want gifts or money or anything like that. Knowing that I'm appreciated and that I can make others happy is good enough for me.

I got a card last year – but I still don’t know who sent it. I haven’t got a girlfriend.

My mum sends me a card every year. It’s sort of sweet but I think I’m getting a bit old for that now.

It’s just really humiliating. I’ve never received a Valentine’s card in my life. A day to switch off my phone because I know I’m not going to get any messages.

My boyfriend sent me a text message last year on Valentine’s Day. I suppose that’s kind of romantic but I’d rather have a present or even a real card.

I sent an anonymous Valentine’s card to a boy in my class when I was younger. Then my brother told him it was from me. I was so embarrassed!

I’m single so it’s definitely irritating. It’s too commercial anyway.

If a girl likes me I don’t need to waste money sending her a card just because it’s a tradition.

Chocolates, roses, cards, presents. Bring it on! I love Valentine’s Day!

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Discussion

Do you celebrate Valentine's Day? If not, is there a similar day in your country?

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Jerry 14 January, 2013 - 15:31

I really hate Valentine's Day. It will not change until I open a flower shop or a candy stand in a busy shopping center. Bring some friends along and you can get a pink eared pussy cat.

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maja201088 28 May, 2012 - 20:32

I'm from Poland and I celebrate the Valentine's Day but only when I'm at school because if I celebrated Valentine's Dayr myself it's very boring.

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mosi75 27 May, 2012 - 14:06

i am from iran.i think before 2005 iranian people don't know a lot about this day.but since 2005 they start posting cards and giving gifts to each other and i like this day a lot.

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nasserine 13 May, 2012 - 21:06

I live in Saudi Arabia and celebrate Valentine's Day here is forbidden. so The lovers celebrate this romantic tradition secret.

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saba 31 August, 2013 - 09:02

hi nasserine i live in iran and celebrating valentine's day here is also forbiden this is 1 of the reasons i don't like iran but when i lived in australia i used to get cards and gifts from all of the guys in school iwas so populer

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Isabel 16 March, 2012 - 16:12

I live in Spain and here we don't celebrate Valentine's Day. We have a day in April for Sant Jordi and we give books and roses. It's the most romantic day for me.

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marii777 13 March, 2013 - 20:34

Isabel It is very interesting. hope, I will come in your country in this day. I am from Georgia and We celebrate Valentine's Day , this is a very romantic for young couples. they present gifts to each others and goes to the restoutant.

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