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Saint Valentine's Day, also called Valentine's Day, or the Feast of Saint Valentine, is observed on February 14 each year. St Valentine's Day began as a liturgical celebration of one or more early Christian saints named Valentinus. The most popular martyrology associated with Saint Valentine was that he was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry, and for ministering to Christians, who were persecuted under the Roman Empire; during his imprisonment, he is said to have healed the daughter of his jailer Asterius and before his execution, according to the legendary account, he wrote, "from your Valentine" as a farewell to her. The day's association with romantic love grew in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished. By the 15th century, it had evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards (known as "valentines"). Valentine's Day symbols that are used today include the heart-shaped outline, doves, and the figure of the winged Cupid. Since the 19th century, handwritten valentines have given way to mass-produced greeting cards.
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  • (chinadaily.com.cn)2017-02-18 10:37

    Editor's note: Valentine's Day is for many people the one day of the year to make a romantic gesture to their loved ones or to make your feelings known to someone special. However, in Japan, a cranky group of protesters have called for an end to public displays of love and claimed the Japanese confe...

  • (China Daily)2017-02-15 08:05

    Zeze and Ziye pose in Sanlitun, a popular commercial district in Beijing, Feb 13, 2017. The lovers are college students in Beijing. They have been in love for over a year. This year's Valentine's Day, Zeze plans to spend more than 2,000 yuan ($291) with Ziye to watch movies and explore Nanluoguxiang...

  • By He Wei In Shanghai(China Daily)2017-02-11 08:58

    A woman surfs internet at a Starbucks outlet in Beijing. [Photo by Zou Hong/China Daily]For those scratching their heads about a decent but budget Valentine's Day idea, a Starbucks-branded e-gift card might take your fancy.You can now text your beloved one with a peach frappuccino, after mobile soci...

  • By Li Yingqing In Kunming And Chen Mengwei In Beijing(China Daily)2016-08-09 08:02

    Overproduction and falling demand led to a recent dramatic drop in wholesale prices Flower prices in China started to recover ahead of the Qixi Festival, or Chinese Valentine's Day, on Tuesday, after overproduction, combined with natural disasters, dampened sales. After a recent steep unexpected fal...

  • (chinadaily.com.cn)2016-08-08 13:23

    Four handsome men send roses to couples at a shopping mall to celebrate the upcoming Qixi Festival, known as the Chinese Valentine's Day, in Zhejiang, Hangzhou province, on August 6, 2016. According to the lunar calendar, the seventh day of the seventh month, which falls on August 9 this year, is a ...

  • (Xinhua)2016-02-15 14:42

    BEIJING -- China's box office sales totaled 580 million yuan (about $88.3 million) on Valentine's Day, a new high from previous years. The box office surged by more than 150 percent from the same day last year, according to data released by the China Film News on Monday. More than half of the sales ...

  • By Li Yingqing And Yang Wanli In Kunming(China Daily)2016-02-14 11:19

    A flower trader has a meal at work in Kunming, capital of Southwest China's Yunnan province, on Feb 13, 2016.[Photo/IC]Geng Xinwei has only slept for three hours a day for the past 12 days.The 24-year-old flower trader in Kunming, Yunnan province, has been busy with the Valentine's Day flower auctio...

  • (chinadaily.com.cn)2015-08-20 07:19

    As the Qixi Festival, often known as Chinese Valentine's Day, draws near, this traditional day for lovers to express their love provides excellent opportunities for the business owners of China.According to a beloved traditional Chinese folk tale, it is the day when the Weaver Girl (Zhinu) and Cowhe...

  • By Wang Fan(ecns.cn)2015-02-15 14:08

    China's mobile taxi-hailing app operators Didi Dache and Kuaidi Dache, which have been in head-on competition, jointly announced their strategic merger via their Sina Weibo accounts on Saturday, also Valentine's Day, a western holiday celebrated by many Chinese people.The new company will run on a c...

  • (china.org.cn)2015-02-15 14:01

    Chinese taxi-hailing apps Didi Dache and Kuaidi Dache announced merger on Saturday after a year of break-beck competition for market share.China's mobile taxi-hailing app operators Didi Dache and Kuaidi Dache, which have been in head-on competition, jointly announced their strategic merger via their...

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