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Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is celebrated on February 14. The custom of this day goes back to the feast of St. Valentine, a martyr in whose hagiography possibly merged the vitae of several martyrs of this name.

The commemoration of St. Valentine on February 14 was established for the whole Church by Pope Gelasius in 469, but was removed from the Roman general calendar in 1969. Widespread, however, are services around Valentine's Day in which married couples are blessed.

However, there is evidence that the saint's passion story and even its existence were invented. It was mistakenly believed that a basilica financed by a donor named Valentine was built for a saint named Valentine.