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ST. VALENTINE’S DAY the day of all sweethearts
St. Valentine’s Day One of the international holidays is St. Valentine’s Day. It’s celebrated on the 14 of February On this day many people make a confession of love. The main symbol of this holiday is “valentine”. It’s a small heart-shaped card and the symbol is Cupid. It’s such a small man with wings and love arrows! Sending «Valentines» was fashionable in Britain in the 19 century.
The history of St. Valentine’s Day. There are many legends, but I will tell you one. The Roman emperor Claudius II banned marriages. St. Valentine was a doctor and a priest, he married sweethearts in a secret. it was learned and he was sentenced to death penalty. St. Valentine met a beautiful girl Yulia. Before his death he wrote to his girlfriend a Valentine card and signed it «Your Valentine». it was already after he was condemned to death, and the penalty occurred on the 14 of February , 269 year. And in the year 496 Pope Gelasius I declared on February 14 St. Valentine’s Day.
A rose. Remember the meanings of roses! Red Roses — Love and passion Yellow Roses — Friendship White Roses — True love and purity of the mind Pink Roses — Friendship or Sweetheart Black Roses – Farewell. Symbols of St. Valentine
Love knot. It represents love that will last forever. It doesn’t have the beginning and the end. A red heart. The heart symbolizes love and giving someone a heart means to hand over one’s existence to someone. Cupid. It is believed that Cupid had a bow with a quiver of arrows and anyone hit by Cupid’s arrow did not die but fell in love. Lovebirds and doves. It is believed that birds found their mate on February 14. Laces and ribbons. At that time when kings and knights went to battles their ladylove presented laces to them. This is a delicate tradition.
In Britain, this wonderful day is not only celebrated by youngsters and lovers, but also by the kids. Children sing special songs and are generously rewarded for this. This is also a day to savor special Valentine buns baked with caraway seeds, plums or raisins. Although cards, flowers and chocolates make an indispensable part of V-day celebrations, the British like to celebrate this day in their own unique way. Songs are the fun part of all celebrations and a day as special as Valentine’s Day is no different. On this day, the English people, especially the kids dole out their favorite romantic tracks or love ballads and are generously rewarded with candies, toys and truffles, in return. On V-day, the young girls wake up early in the morning, stand near the window, and keep an eye on the people passing by. There is a long-existing belief in Britain that the first man a girl sees on the morning of Valentine’s Day is the man meant for her. In U. K. , Valentine’s Day marks the end of winter and commencement of spring. Hence, this day is rejoiced with great jubilation. Celebration of Valentine’s Day in Britain