Every February we celebrate Valentine's Day by giving flowers, candy and cards to those we love. We do this in honor of Saint Valentine. You may be wondering, "Who is St. Valentine"? Time to brush up on your Valentine's history!

Legend has it that Valentine was a priest who served during third century Rome. There was an Emperor at that time by the name of Claudius II. Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those that were married. With this thought in mind he outlawed marriage for young men in hopes of building a stronger military base. Supposedly, Valentine, decided this decree just wasn't fair and chose to marry young couples secretly. When Emperor Claudius II found out about Valentine's actions he had him put to death.

Another legend has it that Valentine was an imprisoned man who fell in love with his jailor's daughter. Before he was put to death he sent the first 'valentine' himself when he wrote her a letter and signed it 'Your Valentine', words still used on cards today.

Perhaps we'll never know the true identity and story behind the man named St. Valentine, but this much is for sure...February has been the month to celebrate love for a long time, dating clear back to the Middle Ages. In fact, Valentines ranks second only to Christmas in number of greeting cards sent.

Another valentine gentleman you may be wondering about is Cupid (Latin cupido, "desire"). In Roman mythology Cupid is the son of Venus, goddess of love. His counterpart in Greek mythology is Eros, god of love. Cupid is often said to be a mischievous boy who goes around wounding both gods and humans with his arrows, causing them to fall in love.


Things you can say/ write in a Valentine's card:

Be my Valentine.
I love you.
You are my best friend.
Be mine.
Each day I love you better.

Araceli Mª
2/14/2013 09:44:44 pm

Me ha gustado la historia porque ahora sé el significado de San Valentín... ¡y en inglés!
Pero no he podido jugar a los juegos porque no se cargaban, aunque espero que se solucione para que otras personas puedan jugar, y yo también.

2/15/2013 04:44:53 pm

Me ha gustado la historia aunque ya la sabía ha sido interesante aprenderla otra vez y en inglés.Una pena que no haya podido jugar a los juegos porque necesitaba plugins que no tenía instalados pero da igual.

Ana Angustias 6ºB
2/15/2013 05:45:17 pm

La historia me ha gustado aunque algunas palabritas no la entendido y la he tenido que buscar en el diccionario.He podido jugar nada mas que a un juego por que los otros dos tenia que instalar algo :)

Alejandro Romero
2/18/2013 01:02:24 am

Me ha gustado la historia,tambien he jugado pero solo al tic tac toe porque en los otros dos habia que instalarse una cosa muy rara


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