Read the text about Valentine’s Day. Match the paragraphs with the suitable title.
Valentine's Day is a romantic day observed on February 14th. People send greeting cards called valentines to their loved ones. Many valentines have romantic verses, and others have humorous pictures and sayings. The most common saying is, "Be my Valentine."
Valentine decorations and cards can go on store shelves as early as the day after Christmas. Schools decorate their classrooms with paper hearts and streamers just for this occasion. The most common gifts to give on Valentine's Day are candy and flowers.
The holiday of Valentine's Day probably came from the ancient Roman feast called "Lupercalia." In the early days of Rome, dangerous wolves lived in the forest nearby. The Romans called upon one of their gods, Lupercus, to keep the wolves away. A festival held in honor of Lupercus was celebrated February 15th. The festival was celebrated as a spring festival. Their calendar was different at that time, with February falling in early springtime.
One of the customs of Lupercalia for young people was called "name-drawing." On the eve of the festival of Lupercalia, the names of Roman girls were written on slips of paper and put in a jar. Each young man drew a piece of paper with a name on it. The girl whose name was chosen would be his sweetheart for the year.
Legend says that the holiday became Valentine's Day after a priest named Valentine. Valentine was a priest in Rome at the time when Christianity was a new religion. The Emperor at that time was Claudius II. He ordered the Roman soldiers not to marry or become engaged. Claudius believed that as married men, his soldiers would want to stay home with their families rather than fight his wars. Valentine disobeyed the Emperor's order and secretly married the young couples. He was eventually arrested, imprisoned, and executed.
Valentine was beheaded on February 14th, the eve of the Roman holiday Lupercalia. After his death, Valentine was named a saint. As Rome became more Christian, the priests moved the spring holiday from the 15th of February to the 14th - Valentine's Day. Now the holiday honored Saint Valentine instead of Lupercus.
1. Who was Valentine? 4. What is Valentine’s Day?
2. What is the tradition of Valentine? 5. Where does the Valentine's Day come from?
3. What was the story of the date ? 6. What are the Valentine’s Day preparations?
Ex.2. Read the text about Valentine’s Day. Choose the best answer.
1.Valentine’s Day is on:
a. 14th of February
b. 14th of January
c. 15th of February
2. On this day people send:
3. People usually give gifts such as:
4. Claudius ordered the soldiers:
a. to have wives
b. not to marry
c. to marry
5. Lupercus was a:
6. Valentine was a :
a. run away abroad
b. was killed
c. died because of some disease
8. Valentine (after his death)became:
Ex.3. Write the highlighted words from the text near the right pictures.
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Данный текст посвящен наступающему празднику - дню Святого Валентина. Ребятам необходимо прочитать текст об истории возникновения этого праздника, о жизни самого святого. Кроме того, они также узнают как принято готовиться к этому празднику и отмечать его; какие подарки принято дарить в этот день своим близким и любимым людям. Учащимся необходимо будет выполнить следующие задания: соотнести абзацы с заголовками, выбрать правильные ответы по содержанию текста, соединить слова из текста с картинками.
В качестве домашенго задания можно будет предложить ребятам составить подобный текст о соответсующем русском празднике - дне любви, семьи и верности.