Vlentine’s Day is an opportunity for people in Canada to express their love in a romantic way. It falls on February 14, the name day(命名日) of two saints, St. Valentine of Rome and St. Valentine of Terni.
What do people do?
Many people send letters, cards, presents and gifts to the person with whom they have or want to have a romantic relationship.
Some people celebrate Valentine’s Day lavishly①. They may treat their partners to a themed meal in a restaurant or a night in a luxury hotel. Others may take short breaks or vacations on Valentine’s Day.
Valentine’s Day is not a public holiday. Schools, businesses, organizations, post offices and stores are open as usual. Public transport services run to their usual timetables. Restaurants and hotels may be busy as many people take out their partners for a romantic meal or night away in a hotel.
The most common symbols of Valentine’s Day are heart shapes, which are used to decorate many things, including cards, trees, wrapping paper, cookies and gift boxes. Other symbols associated with February 14 are pairs of birds, cute teddy bears②, Cupid③ and his arrows and couples kissing or embracing. The colors red and pink are often associated with Valentine’s Day.