|Valentine's Day |[pic][pic]| | | | |Valentine's Day (Saint Valentine's Day) is an occasion celebrated on February 14. It is the traditional day on which people | | |express their love for each other by sending Valentine's cards, presenting flowers, or offering confectionery. | | |Who is St. Valentine? | | |There were many Christians names Valentine. According to the Catholic Encyclopaedia, at least three Saint Valentines are | | |mentioned who are associated with 14 February. One is described as a priest at Rome, another as a Bishop of Interamna (now | | |Terni in Italy) and the other lived and died in Africa. | | |The Valentine that most experts believe is the actual one remembered on St. Valentine's Day was a Roman who was martyred for | | |refusing to give up Christianity. | | |What happens on Valentines day in Britain? | | |Each year in Britain, we spend around £503m on cards, flowers, chocolates and other gifts for Valentine's Day. Traditionally | | |these were sent anonymously, but nowadays we often make it clear who is sending each 'Valentine'. | | |Valentine's Day Superstitions & Traditions | | |Traditionally, spring begins on St Valentine's Day (February 14th), the day on which birds chose their mates. In parts of | | |Sussex Valentines Day was called 'the Birds' Wedding Day'. | | |There are many other traditions and superstitions associated with romance activities on Valentine's day including: | | |the first man an unmarried woman saw on 14th February would be her future husband; | | |if the names of all a girl's suitors were written on paper and wrapped in clay and the clay put into water, the piece that rose| | |to the surface first would contain the name of her husband-to-be. | | |if a woman saw a robin flying overhead on Valentine’s Day, it meant she would marry a sailor. If she saw a sparrow, she would | | |marry a poor man and be very happy. If she saw a goldfinch, she would marry a rich person. | | |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. | | |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!" | | |Back to Folklore and Sayings about February | | |valentine's day, valentines day, valentine day, valentines day 2010, st valentines day, valentine day, valentines day, happy | | |valentines day, valentine's day history,...
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