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Valentine’s day

Did you know?

Valentine’s Day has its origins in an ancient Roman feast called Lubercalia, held on 15th February. On the eve of the feast young women, would put their names on slips of paper and put them in a jar. The young men would pick out a name at random and the pair would then be partners for the rest of the feast.

There are different legends that explain how Saint Valentine became associated with the rite. One says that Valentine was a priest in ancient Rome. The Emperor Claudius II outlawed marriage for young men so that they would become soldiers. But Valentine defied the Emperor and continued to marry young lovers in secret.

On February 14th he was put to death for his “crime” and so became patron saint of lovers.

Another legend says that Valentine sent the first “Valentine” greeting himself. He fell in love with the jailor’s daughter while in prison and before his death wrote her a letter signed “From your Valentine “. This is an expression that is still used today.

Some Valentine traditions

 

  • In the Middle Ages, people believed that birds chose their mate each year on February 14th.
  • In the past, men and women drew names from a bowl to see who their Valentines would be. They wore the names on their sleeves for a week. Today we still use the expression “to wear your heart on your sleeve” about people who show their emotions and feelings easily.
  • If you cut an apple in half and count the seeds, this will tell you how many children you will have.
  • If you see a robin flies overhead, you’ll marry a sailor. If you see a sparrow, you’ll marry a poor man but be happy. If you see a goldfinch, you’ll marry a millionaire!
  • In Wales, wooden love spoons were given as gift on February 14th. Hearts, keys and key-holes meaning being

         “ you unlock my heart”. 

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