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What Day Is Valentine’s Day in 2023? Here’s When Cupid’s Arrow Will Strike

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It wasn’t easy, but you survived the holiday season. The toys have been cleared, the wrapping paper put away, and your days of baking copious amounts of cookies shaped like snowflakes are a wrap…literally. Sure, your tree might still be up, but hey, whose isn’t? But just when you thought you could settle into the couch for a long winter’s nap, there’s another holiday on the horizon: Valentine’s Day. So get ready to swap silver and gold for all things red and rosy, because you’re going to need to know what day is Valentine’s Day 2023. After all, it’s coming up quicker than you think.

What Day is Valentine’s Day 2023?

Valentine’s Day falls on Tuesday, February 14 this year. There’s two ways to look at it: great, because you won’t be expected to do much other than kick back and enjoy a night of romance with your partner, or inconvenient because you were really hoping for it to fall on a Saturday so that you could experience a full day of fun and recover from the holiday’s activities on Sunday.

When did Valentine’s Day start?

Like some unofficial holidays we celebrate, (we’re looking at you, April Fool’s Day), it’s hard to pinpoint exactly how Valentine’s Day began. What is known is that there are three possible saints who were named Valentine or Valentinus, and all of them (ack) lost their heads when it came to matters of the heart — literally. Yup, all three saints were executed for their contributions to legalizing love. St. Valentine, who lived in third century Rome, secretly performed marriages for soldiers who were forbidden to marry by decree of Emperor Claudius II. Yet another St. Valentine of Terni (a bishop, no less) was executed by Claudius II. The third Valentine was a prisoner who was helping Christians escape Roman prisons. As the story goes, he fell in love with the jailor’s daughter and wrote her letters signed “From your Valentine”.

How to celebrate Valentine’s Day with kids (without taking up too much time)

Yes, Valentine’s Day falls in a Tuesday in 2023, but that doesn’t mean you still can’t share the love. There are lots of simple (yet sweet) ways to celebrate the holiday. For starters, you can always slip a cute little Valentine’s Day card or treat in your kiddo’s lunchbox. You can dress your kids in cute V-Day inspired clothing (if they’ll let you, that is), or make heart-shaped pancakes that have love in every bite. If you don’t feel like cooking, you can always go out for a family dinner date, and come bedtime, you can read a love-themed book.

Even if you’re still recuperating from the holidays, Valentine’s Day will be here soon. Don’t let the fact that it’s on a weekday stop you from having the loveliest of days with those you love the most. Whatever happens after the kiddos are in bed is entirely up to you.

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