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Valentine's Day

Feb 14, 2015

February 14th marks the official day of love. Read on to find out how this romantic holiday came to be such a flashy celebration!

The History

This day of romance has roots in several different legends that have found their way to us through the ages. One legend goes that the Romans threw a priest named Valentine in prison for his teachings. On February 14th, Valentine was beheaded not only because he was Christian, but also because he had supposedly cured the jailer's daughter of her blindness. The night before he was executed he wrote her a farewell letter, signing it "From Your Valentine." Another legend has it that Valentine was an Italian bishop who lived about the same time as the priest Valentine. He was imprisoned because he secretly married couples against the laws of the Roman emperor. Some legends say he was burned at the stake.

Roses are a traditional Valentine's Day flowerRoses are a traditional Valentine's Day flower
 

21st Century Celebrations

Valentine's Day is now a day for sweethearts. It is the day that you show your friend or loved one that you care. Many people send candy to their special someone on this day because candy is sweet and so are sweethearts. Or you can send roses, the flower of love. Most people send valentines, a greeting card named after the notes that St. Valentine wrote in jail. Valentines can be sentimental, romantic and heartfelt or they can be funny and friendly. If the sender is shy, valentines can be anonymous.

Valentine's cards can be anonymous - do you have a secret admirer?Valentine's cards can be anonymous - do you have a secret admirer?
 

Did You Know?

  • Worldwide, more than 50 million roses are given on this one day alone.
  • Some people used to believe that 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 millionaire.
  • In the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names from a bowl to see who their valentine would be. They would wear these names on their sleeves for one week. To "wear your heart on your sleeve" now means that it's easy for other people to know how you're feeling.

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How do you celebrate Valentine's Day? Leave a comment and let us know!

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arthi
arthi posted in Poetry & Stories:
xD doesn't it feel random? For me the verses aren't in sync with each other xD but thank you and happy friendship/sister's day to you too! :D
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arthi
arthi posted in Poetry & Stories:
Thanks and same to you Surupa :')
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DisneyanimeLover
Oh my god!!! Arthi this is incredible and so beautiful. You are quite talented, so please continue to share your gift with us. ^^ Happy friendship day to you too!!!
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Andrew BCBS
Andrew BCBS posted in Debating:
Listen dear girl. No one at a young age likes to stay tied up or committed even though you start having relationships and you may get into insecurity complex etc. So enjoy your childhood. I lost mine being nerdish. But you don't.
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Delancey
Aww this is so sweet of you. :D Happy friendship day Arthi didi. :)
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