14 February 2014 16:45 | By Alyssa Woo, xinmsn
Valentine's Day around the world

See how people around the world celebrate this special day - some give chocolates and flowers while others hold protests against the celebration

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Valentine’s Day, also known as Saint Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, falls on 14 February every year. It is celebrated in many countries but it is not considered a holiday.

It is popularly believed to have been named after an early Christian saint named Valentinus, who was imprisoned for ministering to Christians during the Roman Empire and for marrying soldiers who were forbidden to do so. Before his execution, he signed off a lover letter to the daughter of his jailer with “Your Valentine”.

However the association of love with St. Valentine did not occur until the Middle Ages, where the tradition of public courtship flourished. It has now evolved into a rather commercialised event for lovers to send each other cards, flowers and chocolates to proclaim their affection.

Above, Thai groom Wichan Vina, 32, right, holds the hand of his bride Wilailuk Roongros, 31, who fell to the ground as they both ran from a giant ball decorated with flowers, called Run Way of Love, in Prachinburi province, eastern Thailand. They celebrated their wedding on the eve of St. Valentine's Day.

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