Traditionally, lovers exchanged hand written notes. Commercial cards became available in the mid nineteenth century.
The most common Valentine's Day symbols are the heart, particularly in reds and pinks, and pictures or models of Cupid.
It is a festival of romantic love and many people give cards, letters, flowers or presents to their spouse or partner.
Of course, you can throw some romance in there, too, like a homemade card and/or a token gift of something significant to the person you’re dating.
Cupid is usually portrayed as a small winged figure with a bow and arrow.
In mythology, he uses his arrow to strike the hearts of people.
“The beginning of a relationship is exciting and Valentine’s Day is often viewed as an extension of what two people feel for one another,” she says.
“Often, it’s treated like a high-pressure competitive sport, where you must do this or gift this to express how much you mean to someone.
Many restaurants and hotels have special offers at this time.