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Valentine's Day probably originated from the ancient myth that birds (usually lovebirds) began to mate on February 14th.
The 14th was also a feast day (until 1969, when it was dropped from the Roman Catholic calendar) to honor two Christian saints (one named Saint Valentine) sainted by the Roman Emperor Claudius II Gothicus. Saint Valentine was beheaded because he continued to marry young couples even though Claudius forbade it. Apparently Claudius thought that married soldiers weren't as good assingle soldiers.
In ancient Rome, February the 15th was the fertility festival (Lupercalia) in honor of the god Lupercus.
Through the centuries, it all merged together, and Saint Valentine's Day is a day dedicated to lovers, a time to exchange greeting cards and mushy words of never-ending LOVE.

Rose meanings:
This widely depends on culture, but first the formal meanings in English speaking cultures. Each of these meanings is still used in society today, so they are still valid.
White roses are for true love.
Red roses are for passion.
Yellow roses are for friendship.
Black roses mean farewell.
Modern meanings:
Red roses mean love.
Yellow roses mean friendship.
Pink roses mean friendship or sweetheart.
White roses mean purity of the mind.
Black roses mean hate and death.