History of St. Valentine's Day

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History of St. Valentine's Day Introduction: • Saint Valentine's Day (commonly shortened to Valentine's Day) is an annual commemoration (celebration) held on February 14 celebrating love and affection between intimate companions. • The day is named after one or more early Christian martyrs(s somebody who suffers death for the people) named Valentine. • It is traditionally a day on which lovers express their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery (CANDY) (is the set of food items that are rich in sugar), and sending greeting cards (known as "valentines"). • Modern Valentine's Day symbols include the heart-shaped outline, doves, and the figure of the winged Cupid (winged boy). Since the 19th…show more content…
▪ St Valentine's Day is celebrated on February 14 of each year; the reason why it is celebrated on this day is because this was the day that the Patron Saint of Lovers "St Valentine" was supposedly executed on. On this day lovers all around the world mark this occasion as a day for sending poems, cards, flowers or candy, etc. They might also be a social gathering or ball to mark the occasion. Valentine Traditions ▪ Hundreds of years ago in England, many children dressed up as adults on Valentine's Day. They went singing from home to home. One verse they sang was: ▪ Good morning to you, valentine; Curl your locks as I do mine --- Two before and three behind. Good morning to you, valentine. ▪ In Wales wooden love spoons were carved and given as gifts on February 14th. Hearts, keys and keyholes were favourite decorations on the spoons. The decoration meant, "You unlock my heart!" ▪ In the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names from a bowl to see who their valentines would be. They would wear these names on their sleeves for one week. To wear your heart on your sleeve now means that it is easy for other people to know how you are feeling. ▪ In some countries, a young woman may receive a gift of clothing from a young man. If she keeps the gift, it means she will marry him. ▪ Some people used to believe

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