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  • 1. What you may not know about Valentine’s Day
  • 2. Charles, Duke of Orleans, was one of the first people to send a ‘valentine’. In 1415 he sent several rhyming love letters or ‘valentines’ to his wife in France from the Tower of London, where he had been imprisoned after the Battle of Agincourt. www.hawkpepperspray.com
  • 3. 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 – hence the phrase ‘wear your heart on your sleeve’. www.hawkpepperspray.com
  • 4. White roses are for true love. Red roses are for passion. Yellow roses are for friendship. Black roses mean farewell. www.hawkpepperspray.com
  • 5. 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. www.hawkpepperspray.com
  • 6. It was thought that birds chose their mate for the year on February 14th. Doves and pigeons mate for life and so were used as symbols of fidelity. www.hawkpepperspray.com
  • 7. If a girl was curious and brave enough she would conjure up the appearance of her future husband by going to a graveyard at midnight on St. Valentine's Eve. She would then sing a special chant and run around the church twelve times. www.hawkpepperspray.com
  • 8.
    • What did the boy squirrel say to the girl squirrel on Valentine’s Day?
    • ‘ I’m nuts about you!’
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  • 9. Glossary
    • farewell – goodbye
    • fidelity – faithfulness, loyalty
    • conjure up – call to mind
    • chant – a simple song or phrase repeated
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