Alejandro Checa & Carlos Pérez

Saint Valentine's Day

Saint Valentine's Day, commonly shortened to Valentine's Day, is an annual commemoration held on February 14 celebrating love and affection between intimate couples. The day is named after one or more early Christian martyrs named Valentine and was established by Pope Gelasius I in 500 AD. It was deleted from the Roman calendar of saints in 1969 by Pope Paul VI, but its religious observance is still permitted. It is traditionally a day on which lovers express their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards.


Modern Valentine's Day symbols include the heart-shaped outline, doves, and the figure of the winged Cupid. Since the 19th century, handwritten valentines have given way to mass-produced greeting cards. In the second half of the 20th century, the practice of exchanging cards was extended to all manner of gifts in the United States. Such gifts typically include roses and chocolates packed in a red satin, heart-shaped box. In the 1980s, the diamond industry began to promote Valentine's Day as an occasion for giving jewelry.
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The U.S. Greeting Card Association estimates that approximately 190 million valentines are sent each year in the US. Half of those valentines are given to family members other than husband or wife, usually to children. In some North American elementary schools, children decorate classrooms, exchange cards, and are given sweets.


The rise of Internet popularity at the turn of the millennium is creating new traditions. Millions of people use, every year, digital means of creating and sending Valentine's Day greeting messages such as e-cards, love coupons or printable greeting cards. An estimated 15 million e-valentines were sent in 2010.


Information:
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AFTER READING

1) Answer the next questions:
  1. What is Saint Valentine's Day?
  2. When is Saint Valentine's Day celebrated?
  3. What is this day for?
  4. Which are Saint Valentine's Day symbols nowadays?

these questions are too easy

2) Are the next sentences true or false? Find the lines that support your answer in the text.
  1. At the begining of the 19th the jewelry industries started to promote the jewels as a present for Valentine's Day. TOO EASY
  2. Valentine's Day is a day wich SPELLING the couples break up for one day.

3)Find in the text the word whose definition corresponds to the followings:
  1. A way of doing.
  2. A married man. TOO EASY
  3. An organization of people with a common purpose and having a formal structure.

4) Find in the text one synonym for:
  1. Removed
  2. Increase

5) Which word is not a noun?
Card / offering / pope / commemoration ALL OF THEM ARE NOUNS