Monday, 14 February 2011

Valentines day

Valentines day is held on February 14 and on this day we celebrate love and affection between intimate companions. The day is named after a Christian martyrs named Valentine and was established by Pope Gelasius I in 500 AD :).

On valentines day it is traditional to show our love for each other by presenting flowers, chocolates, gifts (wrapped in heart shaped packages), and sending greeting/Valentines cards. It also is common that you send a gift and a Valentines card to you secret lover.

In the UK, just under half the population spend money on their Valentines and around 1.3 billion pounds is spent yearly on cards, flowers, chocolates and other gifts, with an estimated 25 million cards being sent. The U.S. Greeting Card Association estimates that approximately 190 million valentines are sent each year in the US. Half of those valentines are given to family members other than husband or wife, usually to children. An estimated 15 million e-valentines were sent in 2010.

Old Valentine traditions:
- Hundreds of years ago in England, many children dressed up as adults on Valentine's Day. They went singing from home to home. One verse they sang was:

Good morning to you, valentine;
Curl your locks as I do mine ---
Two before and three behind.
Good morning to you, valentine.

- In Wales, England, wooden love spoons were carved and given as gifts on February 14th. Hearts, keys and keyholes were favourite decorations on the spoons. The decoration meant, "You unlock my heart!"

- In the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names from a bowl to see who their valentines would be. They would wear these names on their sleeves for one week. To wear your heart on your sleeve now means that it is easy for other people to know how you are feeling.

- In some countries, a young woman may receive a gift of clothing from a young man. If she keeps the gift, it means she will marry him.

- Think of five or six names of boys or girls you might marry, As you twist the stem of an apple, recite the names until the stem comes off. You will marry the person whose name you were saying when the stem fell off.

- If you cut an apple in half and count how many seeds are inside, you will also know how many children you will have.

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