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When is Valentine's Day?

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Valentine's Day is held annually on February 14. This holiday is not celebrated world wide, but is observed in many larger countries, including the United States, China and France.

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Valentine's Day was originally a declared a religious holiday by the Pope around 498 A.D. There are many legends regarding the holiday's origins. Some believe it originated as a celebration of one of three Saints recognized by the Catholic church, while others feel that it was one of many moves by the Church to turn pagan holidays into Christian ones to convince people to convert. The pagan holiday in this instance was the Roman holiday of Lupercalia, which was a type of fertility rite.

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