Although many fanciful stories have been invented to explain how Saint Valentine is associated with Valentine’s Day, it is most likely that the holiday is actually an early spring festival that celebrates the coupling of early spring, which just happens to fall around the same date as the saint’s feast day. In the Middle Ages, this day was known as the day that the birds find their mates.
There was also a folk belief that the first person you meet on Valentine’s Day will be your true love. Ophelia plays with this idea when she says to Hamlet:
Tomorrow is Saint Valentine’s Day
All in the morning betime,
And I a maid at your window,
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