The Great Day for Sweethearts

There’s one day in a year that most of us wait with impatience. Valentine’s Day, a holiday honoring love and loves, and is celebrated on February 14.
People bear different stories about the origin of this holiday and how it concerns those who are in love. Some believe that it is originated from St. Valentine, a Roman who was martyred for refusing to give up Christianity. This man died on February 14 and it was the same day that had been devoted to love lotteries. There’re actually other aspects of holiday’s creation but I had better tell you about sweet rules or traditions of its celebration.
February 14 became the date of sharing postcards, exchanging love messages and giving gifts for people whom you love and take care. That is also a holiday of reading poems and wonderful first flowers.
Hundreds of years ago in England, many children dressed up as adults on Valentine’s 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.
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.
In Ukraine we don’t have much difference but special traditions are present like this. The boy takes the initiative to post a card to that girl whom he loves but without signing up. So she should guess who it might be and also send her reaction. Of course, the girls are free to do the same but they expect men to make a first step. I remember I sent numerous postcards in the form of heart during my studying at school. It was a lot of fun and the lessons were broken when postman came and gave us these gifts sent by both girls and boys. We did everything this day but not learning. Now, when I became, at some extent, adult I don’t like doing such things just only for my sweetheart. Even though I gave some wiuu girls postcards but with saying: as a good friend of yours anyways.
At home we usually gather together and buy some sweets to celebrate this day. My dad buys flowers for both my mum and sister and then we are all in good spirits and ready for adventures, in good sense of this word. Wish all people over here to keep good relations with everyone, especially with your lovers and darlings.

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~ by vitaliysedyuk on February 21, 2007.

One Response to “The Great Day for Sweethearts”

  1. Good job even though two weeks after the date of Valentines that I’m reading this.

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