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Valentine's Day in Australia

Quick Facts

Valentine’s Day, which is annually held on February 14, is one of the most romantic days in the year for many people in countries such as Australia.

Local names

NameLanguage
Valentine's DayEnglish
ValentinstagGerman

Valentine's Day 2014

Friday, February 14, 2014

Valentine's Day 2015

Saturday, February 14, 2015
List of dates for other years

Many people in countries such as Australia celebrate Valentine’s Day by giving flowers, chocolates, jewelry or other presents of all shapes and sizes to their loved ones or those they admire. This event falls on February 14 each year.

Valentine's Day

A romantic Valentine's Day evening for two.

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What do people do?

Valentine’s Day is an event that is marked by many Australians in their calendars. For many, it is a time in which they share a special moment with their loved ones. Activities that people do to show their love and appreciation for each other on Valentine’s Day include:

Some people choose Valentine’s Day as the day to propose to their partners, while others set February 14 as their wedding day. Some charities, non-government organizations, or community organizations hold special events, such as a Valentine’s Day ball, to raise funds for various causes that help others in need.

Public life

Valentine’s Day is an observance but it is not a designated nationwide public holiday in Australia. Restaurants, theatres, coffee shops, and shops selling Valentine’s Day related products may be particularly busy on this day. Those wishing to eat out on Valentine’s Day may need to book with their restaurant of choice in advance. 

Background

Valentine’s Day is celebrated in many countries worldwide. The origins of Valentine's Day are not clear but many sources believe that it stems from the story of St Valentine, a Roman priest who was martyred on or around February 14 in the year 270 CE. Valentine’s Day has become increasingly popular in Australia over the years, particularly during the late 20th century, and it continues to be observed among many Australians today.

Symbols

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 Valentine’s Day are pairs of birds, cute teddy bears, Cupid and his arrows and couples kissing or embracing. The colors red and pink are often associated with Valentine's Day.

About Valentine's Day in other countries

Read more about Valentine's Day.

Valentine's Day Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday typeWhere it is observed
WedFeb 141990Valentine's DayObservance 
ThuFeb 141991Valentine's DayObservance 
FriFeb 141992Valentine's DayObservance 
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MonFeb 141994Valentine's DayObservance 
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SatFeb 141998Valentine's DayObservance 
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ThuFeb 142013Valentine's DayObservance 
FriFeb 142014Valentine's DayObservance 
SatFeb 142015Valentine's DayObservance 
SunFeb 142016Valentine's DayObservance 
TueFeb 142017Valentine's DayObservance 
WedFeb 142018Valentine's DayObservance 
ThuFeb 142019Valentine's DayObservance 
FriFeb 142020Valentine's DayObservance 

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