HappyValentine’s DayBy: Ivan Ramos2-14-13 per.3
What isValentine’s Day?• Valentine’s Day is not only a holiday but itis also a day where people show feelings oflove, affection, and friendship.• Valentine’s day is the perfect time whereyou can express your feelings to someone
What do peopledo?• Many people around the world celebrateValentine’s Day by showing appreciationfor the people they love or adore.• Some people take their loved ones for aromantic dinner at a restaurant while othersmay choose this day to propose or getmarried
Continuation ofwhat people do…..• Many people give greeting cards, chocolates,jewelry or flowers, particularly roses, to theirpartners or admirers on Valentine’s Day.• It is also a time to appreciate friends in somesocial circles and cultures. For example,Valentines Day in Finland refers to “Friendsday”, which is more about remembering all friendsrather than focusing solely on romance.
Symbols• Hearts, the colors red and pink, roses, images andstatues of cupids, and cupids’ bows and arrowssymbolize the feeling of romance and love onValentine’s Day. Cupid is usually portrayed as asmall winged figure with a bow and arrow. Inmythology, he uses his arrow to strike the hearts ofpeople. People who fall in love are sometimes saidto be “struck by Cupids arrow”. The day focuseson love, romance, appreciation and friendship.
Background• The origins of Valentines Day are not clear butmany sources believe that it stems from the storyof St Valentine, a Roman priest who was martyredon or around February 14 in the year 270 CE.How he became the patron saint of lovers remainsa mystery but one theory is that the church usedthe day of St Valentine’s martyrdom toChristianize the old Roman Lupercalia, a paganfestival held around the middle of February.