quinta-feira, 6 de fevereiro de 2014
On February 14th, Americans celebrate Valentine's Day, the day of love and affection. The origin of the name comes from St. Valentine. He was a priest in Rome who helped the persecuted Christians. So he was sent to prison and was beaten to death on February 14th, about 270 A.D. The romantic meaning of the day comes from the fact that it coincided with the Romam festival Lupercalia. This festival was held on February 15th in honor of the birds which would choose their partners for the mating season on this day. According to the legend, the birds took their big decision on February 14th. Then human beings were encouraged to follow the example for the birds. One of the beauties of St. Valentine's Day is that it helps people overcome their shyness. In the nineteenth century, young people started sending anonymous Valentine cards to the boy or girl or their dreams. A "valentine" is a greeting card declaring a person's love for someone usually without giving the name of the sender. The person to whom a "valentine" is sent is also called "valentine". Nowadays people still send cards and presents not only to their sweethearts, but also to their friends an relatives. Revista Speak up, São Paulo, fev. 2008.