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ST. Valentine's Day День Святого Валентина
Valentine's Day History People in many different countries celebrate St. Valentine's Day. Each year on Feburary 14, friends and lovers exchange candy,flowers,love notes and greeting cards. These gifts are used as special messages of friendship and love. This tradition,as we know it today, has grown from two basic roots.
Many years ago the Romans celebrated the festival of Lupercalia on february 15. At first,the festival honoured the Roman God Lupercus, keeper of the crops and farm animals. However, as time passed,the Romans began to honour a different God during the festival. Her name was Juno, queen of the Roman gods and guardian of women and marriage. At the festival all unmarried people played a special game. All the females wrote their names on pieces of paper and dropped them into a big jar. Then, all the males drew names from the jar and spent the festival dancing with the person whose name they had selected. Celebrations of fun and love are still a part of today's Valentine tradition.
In the past century the day grow more and more popular throughtout the world, although it's origin is a mystery. It is said that there was St. Valentine who lived in Rome and was known as christian priest who would marry young couples against the order of the Emperor...
...the Emperro believed that unmarried young men were better soldiers. Since then St. Valentine has become a patron of lovers and saint patron of birds.The legent tells they choose their mates and begine to build their nests exactly on February 14th. Such an unusual and romantic legend makes the holiday very dear to many couples and some of them become engaged or even married on that day.
SYMBOLS Cupid, the son of Venus Goddess of love) could cause people to fall in love by shooting them with one of his magic arrows. The heart is the symbol of love and also a symbol of Valentine's Day. Red is a colour that stands for strong feelings.This is why the red rose is the flower of love.
Rings Rings symbolse the union between a man and a woman. Two or three hundred years ago, Valentine's Day was a popular day to give someone an engagement rings.
Like any other holiday St. Valentine's Day has it's traditions and customs. For example, there is a wide spread custom of sending greeting cards or express affection. The cards, known as Valentines, are designed with hearts or made in a form of a heart to symbolize love.
Love poems Roses are red, Violets are blue, we've only met through e-mail but you know I love you true There is a lady sweet and kind, whose lovely face still fills my mind. I only saw her walking by, but I will love her 'til I die.