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February 14, 2019 – Valentine’s Day

I would like to extend my warmest wishes to all who are celebrating Valentine’s Day.

The day of romance we call Valentine’s Day is named after the Christian martyr Saint Valentine and dates back to the 5th century, but has origins in the Roman holiday Lupercalia.

Each year on February 14th, people around the world exchange cards, candy, gifts or flowers with their special valentine.

Valentine’s Day is mentioned by Ophelia in Hamlet (1600–1601):

To-morrow is Saint Valentine’s day,

All in the morning betime,

And I a maid at your window,

To be your Valentine.

Then up he rose, and donn’d his clothes,

And dupp’d the chamber-door;

Let in the maid, that out a maid

Never departed more.


— William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act IV, Scene 5

Today, I encourage everyone to show their love and appreciation for one another, be it your partner, family, or friends. To those celebrating the occasion: Happy Valentine’s Day!