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VALENTINE’ S DAY ( p.49-55 ) p.III

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St. Valentine Day Traditions

Some people used to believe that if a woman saw a robin flying overhead on Valentine 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.

 

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 a person whose name you were saying when the stem fell off.

 

Hundreds of years ago in England, many children dressed up as adults on St. Valentine 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 some countries, a young woman may receive a gift of clothing from a young man. If she keeps the gift, it means that will marry the man.

 

Do you know what a love seat is? It’s a wide chair. It was first made to seat one woman in her wide dress. Later, the love seat or courting seat had two sections, often in an S-shape. In this way, a couple could seat together – but not too closely!

 

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.

 

Some people said that if you found a glove on Valentine’s Day, your future beloved will have the other missing glove.

 

Some believe the first man’s name you read in the paper or hear that day will be the name of the man you will marry.

 

In Wales, they carved "Wooden Love Spoons" and were given as gifts on Valentine's Day. Special decoration like hearts, keys and keyholes were carved on the spoons. The decoration translated means "Unlock my Heart".


 

Quotes on St Valentine's Day, Love and Romance

  • Oh, if it be to choose and call thee mine,
    Love, thou art every day my Valentine! - Thomas Hood
  • I claim there ain't Another Saint
    As great as Valentine. - Ogden Nash
  • A lovely heart-shaped box of chocolates was received on Valentine's Day by a coed from her newest date. On the enclosed card was the inscription, "To Helen - with all my allowance."
  • Love me little, love me long,
    Is the burden of my song. - Old Ballad
  • And on her lover's arm she leant,
    And round her waist she felt it fold,
    And far across the hills they went
    In that new world which is the old. - Tennyson
  • Pickwick Papers
    Never sign a Valentine with your own name. - Charles Dickens
  • Love is the answer, but while you're waiting for the answer, sex raises some pretty good questions. - Woody Allen
  • Annie Hall (of masturbation)
    Don't knock it. It's sex with someone you love. - Woody Allen
  • Let those love now, who never loved before;
    Let those who always loved, now love the more. - Anonymous
  • To do him any wrong was to beget
    A kindness from him for his heart was rich-
    Of such fine mould that if you sowed therein
    The seed of Hate, it blossomed Charity. - Tennyson
  • The course of true love never did run smooth. - William Shakespeare
  • No man at one time can be wise and love. - Robert Herrick
  • To be rich in admiration and free from envy; to rejoice greatly in the good of others; to love with such generosity of heart that your love is still a dear possession in absence or unkindness - these are the gifts of fortune which money cannot buy nothing and without which money can buy nothing. He who has such a treasury of riches, being happy and valiant himself, in his own nature, will enjoy the universe as if it were his own estate; and help the man to whom he lends a hand to enjoy it with him. - Robert Louis Stevenson
  • And on her lover's arm she leant,
    And round her waist she felt it fold,
    And far across the hills they went
    In that new world which is the old. - Tennyson
  • Then, must you speak of one that loved not wisely but too well; of one not easily jealous, but being wrong perplex'd in the extreme. - William Shakespeare
  • There's beggary in the love that can be reckon'd. - William Shakespeare
  • Men have died from time to time, and worms have eaten them, - but not for love. - William Shakespeare
  • 'Tis better to have loved and lost than to have never loved at all. - Tennyson
  • Drink to me only with thine eyes,
    And I will pledge with mine;
    Or leave a kiss but in the cup,
    And I'll not look for wine. - Ben Jonson
  • I am not one of those who do not beieve in love at first sight, but I believe in taking a second look. - H. Vincent
  • A man in love schemes more than a hundred lawyers.- Spain
  • We always return to our first loves. - America
  • The eyes have one language everywhere. - Romania

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