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It is also said that birds propose to each other or marry on that day.Another proverb says "Valentin – prvi spomladin" ("Valentine — the first spring saint"), as in some places (especially White Carniola), Saint Valentine marks the beginning of spring.Since the 19th century, handwritten valentines have given way to mass-produced greeting cards.

Martyrdom stories associated with various Valentines connected to February 14 are presented in martyrologies, including a written account of Saint Valentine of Rome imprisonment for performing weddings for soldiers, who were forbidden to marry and for ministering to Christians persecuted under the Roman Empire.

The day first became associated with romantic love within the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the 14th century, when the tradition of courtly love flourished.

While the custom of sending cards, flowers, chocolates and other gifts originated in the UK, Valentine's Day still remains connected with various regional customs in England.

In Norfolk, a character called 'Jack' Valentine knocks on the rear door of houses leaving sweets and presents for children.

Valentine's Day, but prior to Chaucer in the 14th century, there were no links between the saints named Valentinus and romantic love.

In Ancient Rome, Lupercalia, observed February 13–15, was an archaic rite connected to fertility.On the evening before Valentine was to be executed, he is supposed to have written the first "valentine" card himself, addressed to the daughter of his jailer Asterius, who was no longer blind, signing as "Your Valentine." John Foxe, an English historian, as well as the Order of Carmelites, state that Saint Valentine was buried in the Church of Praxedes in Rome, located near the cemetery of Saint Hippolytus.This order says that according to legend, "Julia herself planted a pink-blossomed almond tree near his grave.The patron of love was Saint Anthony, whose day has been celebrated on June 13.Popular modern sources claim links to unspecified Greco-Roman February holidays alleged to be devoted to fertility and love to St.Claudius was impressed by Valentine and had a discussion with him, attempting to get him to convert to Roman paganism in order to save his life.

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