понедельник, 14 февраля 2011 г.

St. Valentine's Day

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This was originally thought to be the day on which birds chose their mates. There are many traditions and tales associated with romance activities on Valentine’s Day including:

• The first man an unmarried woman saw on 14th February would be her future husband;
• If the names of all a girl’s sultors were written on paper and wrapped in clay and the clay put into water, the piece that rose to the surface first would contain the name of her husband-to-be;
• If a woman saw a robin flying overhead on Valentine’s 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 rich person.
Each year in Britain, we spend a lot of money on cards, flowers, chocolates and other gifts for Valentine’s Day. Traditionally these were sent anonymously, but now-a-days we often make it clear who is sending each “Valentine”.

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