Happy Valentine’s day!
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Happy Valentine’s day!
What is love?
On February, 14th we celebrate the Valentine’s day – Day of Enamoured.
People give each other gifts and cards.
Game-competition «Famous pairs of the enamoured».
The history of Valentine’s day begin with Ancient Rome.
The first legend.
The Roman emperor Klavdy II wanted to create the strongest army. One of the point of the army charter Claudia was an inderdiction for a marriage.
But the soldiers often broke this interdiction. Christian priest Valentine helped them. He had married hundreds legionaries. Claudias has ordered to execute the brave confessor.
The second legend.
Valentine was to the prisoners who have grown fond of the fine daughter of the jailer which visited him.
Before death the prisoner has written her the love letter signed : ‘’Your Valentine”. Therefore “Valentine Cards”, sent by girls “in the answer” to the boyfriends, in Great Britain it is accepted to sign cards-words: “ Be my Valentine”.
The third legend.
Romanshad a pagan tradition in the middle of February, that is 14th, to spend “ a love lottery”. They considered, that spring updating of a life begins in the middle of month winters. At lottery carrying out small notes which people sympathizing each other exchanged were used. Quite often , the lottery came to an end with weddings.
Game-competition «Hit the heart».
In 496 year, Pope Gelasy has published special bulla, established the Valentine’s day as official a religious holiday.
In the Wales cut out wooden “love spoons” and gave their favorite on 14th of February. Spoons were decorated by hearts, keys and keyholes that you meant “ has found a way to my heart”.
In XVlll century the holiday was recognized in all social strata, and even beggars found possibility to exchange with friends and favorite small gifts or notes.
Today, the oldest “Valentine Card” in the world, written in those “Roman time”, occupies place of honnour among exhibits of the British museum.
The first printing “Valentine’s Card” have appeared much later – in the end of XVlll century them have started to print in England. Today by February, the 14th worldwide sell about 2 billion of “Valentine’s Cards”.
In 1835 Pope GrigoryXVl has given to simple Irish priest John Spratt to the award for a just way of life an urn in which as speak, there are Sacred Valentine’s ashes. This gift and today annually – on February, 14th – expose on a review in Dublin church Whitefriar.
English children don’t miss an opportunity to receive the gift by a holiday. They goon houses and sing songs.
Sometimes they receives an apple – a love and beauty symbol.
Girls and young men of England trust in guessings on the Valentine’s day. For example, unmarried girls rise on February, 14th before sunrise, become near a window and look at passing men. The first man whom they will see, and is the promised. Unmarried English girls throw in the river the curtailed scarps of paper with the man’s names written on them. The name which will emerge the first, will carry the future groom.
The competition «Portrait of a girl dreams».