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    Learn English > English lessons and exercises > English test #33391: Saint Valentine's Day
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    Saint Valentine's Day

                                       SAINT  VALENTINE'S  DAY                              

                       Who was Saint Valentine ?   

       According to a legend St. Valentine was a priest near Rome  i

       in about the year 270 AD

      When Claudius II became the emperor he believed that soldiers

     would be unable to concentrate on fighting if they were married.

     So he banned marriage.

      Valentine defied the emperor and secretly performed marriage ceremonies.

      He was put to death on February 14th.



     Cupid was the son of Venus the goddess of love and beauty.

    Psyche was a mortal princess, she was so beautiful that Venus was jealous and ordered Cupid

    to punish the mortal. But instead, Cupid fell deeply in love with her. After a lot of events Psyche died.

    Cupid woke her up and the couple wed in a ceremony attended by the Gods.

                     Valentine's symbols

      Cupid, that boy armed with bow and arrows , has become the most popular of love symbols.

     Other symbols                                                         

                                                hearts                                          red roses                                              cards

      you can send a love letter                        offer a gift 

     Or write a poem       She bathed with roses red,

                                         And violets blue,

                                         And all the sweetest flowers

                                         That in the forest grew     (from 'The Fairy Queen')

                                                                                           Sir Edmund Spenser           


                   Valentine's day around the world

      Valentine's day is celebrated by lovers everywhere.

    ---In China there is a story similar to the legend of Cupid and Psyche. The immortal Zhinu falls in love with

     a young farmer Niulang. They are sent on two different stars (Vega and Altair) separated by the Milky Way.

     They are allowed to meet once a year           

     on the Chinese Valentine's day.

    ---In the U.S.A. this day is not just for lovers. Children make special cards for their classmates,

     family and friends. They give candy or small gifts to each other.              

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    The legend says that Valentine was a priest in Rome during the third century. Who was the Emperor at that time?

    The Emperor outlawed marriage for young men in hopes they would be better soldiers. What did Valentine do about it?

    What did the Emperor do when he found out what Valentine did?

    Saint Valentine is considered as the saint of lovers.

    Valentine's Day on February 14th.

    Cupid is the most famous of Valentine's Day.

    It is known that this mischievous child shoots darts and makes men and women fall deeply in love.

    Roses are the most common flowers given this occasion.

    The cards known as valentines are often with hearts to symbolize love.

    It is a popular day for to get engaged. Will you guess what he is saying to the young woman?

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