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I have to write an essay for english. Its about valentines say.
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Jennifer on Feb 16, 2011
In order to write my essay, lets discuss about Valentine’s day.
Valentine’s day is celebrated on February 14, sharing flowers and gifts with the loved ones. The day is named after one or more early Christian martyrs, Saint Valentine, and was established by Pope Gelasius I in 496 AD. It is traditionally a day on which lovers express their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greetings.
Valentine’s Day Festival is said to have originated in pagan times when people celebrated February 14 in honor of Roman God of Fertility. This February fertility festival celebration that also marked the beginning of spring was known as the Feast of Lupercalia. In such festivals boys drew out names of girls from a box. They would then be regarded as a couple for a year. Sometimes these couples would fall in love and even marry. Christian Church decided to turn the pagan event into Christian celebrations in honor of St Valentine. Gradually, people began to celebrate February 14 by expressing love for their sweethearts.
In 16th century began the custom of exchanging gifts between lovers with the passing of paper Valentine especially the handmade cards. Then in 1800s much larger hand-painted copper plates molded in the shape of hearts came in use. Later by 18th century, Valentine’s Day became popular amongst the masses and it became a common tradition for all social classes to secretly exchange small tokens of lover or handwritten love notes called Valentine. In 19th century began the custom of sending mass-produced Valentine’s Day greeting cards. This custom is very much in use even today. Now a days this day is celebrated to show love between individuals and not just lovers. People therefore wish ‘Happy Valentine’s Day’ to parents, teachers, siblings, friends or any other person special to them. Sending text message for valentine’s day greeting and poem is common. People also participate in Valentine’s Day dance parties and balls organized by various clubs, hotels or even at home.
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.
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