The Feast of St Valentine or Valentines Day is celebrated in many countries around the world.
Although stories go back to the Roman Empire the first time it was associated with love was in the Middle Ages with the poet and writer Geoffrey Chaucer.
Courtly Love flourished in 18th Century England when lovers expressed their feelings with flowers, confectionery and cards.
In Europe keys were given as an invitation to unlock the heart.
Valentines Day in a Leap Year is extra special. Every fourth year it has become tradition that the lady may ask her partner to marry her.