Saint Valentine's Day, also known as Valentine's Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, is a holiday observed on February 14 each year. It is celebrated in many countries around the world, although it is not a holiday in most of them.
St. Valentine's Day began as a liturgical celebration one or more early Christian saints named Valentinus. Several martyrdom stories were invented for the various Valentines that belonged to February 14, and added to later martyrologies. A popular hagiographical account of Saint Valentine of Rome states 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. According to legend, during his imprisonment, he healed the daughter of his jailer, Asterius. An embellishment to this story states that before his execution he wrote her a letter signed "Your Valentine" as a farewell. Today, Saint Valentine's Day is an official feast day in the Anglican Communion, as well as in the Lutheran Church.
The day was first associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished. In 18th-century England, it 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"). In Europe, Saint Valentine's Keys are given to lovers "as a romantic symbol and an invitation to unlock the giver’s heart", as well as to children, in order to ward off Saint Valentine's Malady. 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.
|Andrea Corr and Bono in 2002.|
|Andrea Corr and Ron Wood in 2002.|
|Andrea Corr and Gavin Friday in 2002.|
|Andrea Corr and Bernard Hill in 2002.|
|Andrea Corr and Larry Mullen Jr. in 2003.|
|Andrea Corr and Gavin Friday in 2003.|
|Andrea Corr and Mick Jagger in 2003.|
|Andrea Corr and Bono in 2004.|
|Andrea Corr and Gavin Friday in 2004.|
|Andrea Corr and Bono in 2005.|
|Andrea Corr and Guggi in 2005.|
|Andrea Corr and Gavin Friday in 2005.|
|Andrea Corr and Brian May in 2007.|
|Andrea Corr and Kevin Spacey in 2007.|
|Andrea Corr and Stephen Brennan at the stage production 'Jane Eyre' at Dublin's theatre The Gate, 2011.|
|Bebe Buell and John Filler in the short 'Aranea', 1972.|
|Bebe Buell and Joey Ramone in the 1980s.|
|Bebe Buell and Billy Idol, 1978.|
|Bebe Buell and Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick, summer 1978.|
|Bebe Buell and Richard Creamer, summer 1978.|
|Bebe Buell and Johnny Waithe of the Baby Shambes, summer 1978.|
|Bebe and Kirk, 1973.|
|Bebe and a friend, backstage.|
|Bebe and Jello Biafra, 1979.|
|Bebe and Johnny Thunders. Fall 1970s/early 1980s.|
|Bebe and Danny Sugerman, fall 1970s/early 1980s.|
|Bebe and a friend, fall 1970s/early 1980s.|
|Bebe rocking with Brian Setzer, 1985.|
|Bebe and rock singer Kevin DuBrow (Quiet Riot) at the 1985 Grammys Awards.|
|Bebe and Lou Reed, 1998.|
|Bebe Buell and Jimmy Fallon.|
|Bebe Buell and Adam Sandler.|
|Demri Parrott and Billy Idol.|
|Two of Demri with Dave Hillis.|
|Demri and Dave Navarro.|
|Jane Asher with David Weston in the BBC TV production 'Romeo and Juliet' (1963).|
|Jane with Sam Wannamaker in 'The Rainbow Man' (1964).|
|Jane with David Weston in 'The Masque of the Red Death' (1964).|
|Jane with Michael Johnson in the TV production 'You'll Know Me By the Stars in My Eyes' (1966).|
|Jane with Michael Caine in the film 'Alfie' (1966).|
|Jane with David Weston in the stage production (then turned onto a film) 'The Winter's Tale' (1966).|
|Jane with Laurence Harvey in the stage production (then turned onto a film) 'The Winter's Tale' (1966).|
|Jane with Gawn Grainger at the stage production 'Romeo & Juliet' (1966/1967).|
Jane with George Harrison in India, early 1968.
|Jane with John Lennon in India, early 1968. Lady Jane group at yahoo!|
|Jane and Sven-Bertin Taube in the film 'The Buttercup Chain' (1970).|
|Jane Asher and Keith Michell in the film 'Henry VIII and His Six Wives' (1972).|
|Jane Asher and Jeremy Irons in 'Brideshead Revisited' (1981).|
|Jane Asher and Ian McKellen in 'Henceforward' (1988).|
Jenny Boyd and George Harrison in San Francisco, August 1967.
Jenny Boyd and George Harrison pictured by Pattie Boyd in 1995
Jenny Boyd and Phill Collins pictured in the 1990s.
Marsha Hunt and Christopher Neame in Dracula AD 1972
Nico and Prince Eugenio Ruspoli di Poggio Suasa in La DolceVita (1960)
Nico and protest singer Antoine walk hand-in-hand in the streets of New York, Fall 1966
Nico and painter Jean Creamer pictured in 1966
Nico and Lou Reed pictured in 1975 by legendary photographer Mick Rock.
Nico and David Johanssen pictured in New York in 1979.
Pattie Boyd with The Rolling Stones pictured in 1964
Pattie between Paul and George on her wedding day, 21st January 1966.
Pattie and Mick Jagger, June 1967.
Pattie with John and Julian circa 1967
Pattie between Donovan and John in India, March 1968.
Pattie and Julian Lennon in a recent event.
Pattie and Mick Fleetwood in 2009.
Pattie and Paul McCartney in a recent event.
Pattie and Ron Wood at the premiere of Martin Scorsese's doc Living in the Material World, 2011
Pattie Boyd with Ron Wood.
Pam Courson and hairdresser Vaya in Pam's boutique Themis, pictured by Raeanne Rubenstein, November/December 1969.
|Shannen Doherty and Sea Shepherd's Captain Paul Watson, 2014.|
Tina Aumont and Terence Stamp in Modesty Blaise (1966)
Tina Aumont and Alain Delon in Texas Across the River (1966)
Tina Aumont and co-star Peter McEnery pictured in 1966.
Tina and Franco Nero in Man, Pride and Prejudice (1968).
Tina and Massimo Ranieri in Metello (1970).
Tina and Fernando Rey in The Great Burgeoise (1974).
Tina and Donald Sutherland in Fellini's Casanova (1976).