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Sunday, February 13, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day!

I wish you all a very happy Valentine's Day. Smile at everyone you see today. It will make both of you happy. 

Daily Quotation:
"Love is the best medicine, and there is more than enough to go around once you open your heart."

Valentine's Day 
Valentine's Day is a very old holiday. It goes back to the times of Ancient Rome. One of the characters we often see on Valentine's Day is Cupid. He was the son of Venus, the goddess of love. He shoots people with arrows of love. When a man and a woman are hit by his arrows, they will fall in love.
Today people celebrate Valentine's Day on February 14. Men and women who are in love give each other gifts. The most popular gifts include flowers (especially roses) and chocolates. Couples may also go to a restaurant for a very nice dinner or plan something else romantic.
In the Canada and the United States, Valentine's Day is not just for lovers. Children make special Valentine's cards for their classmates. Families and friends may give candy, especially chocolate, or other small gifts to each other. It can be a fun day.

ancient- very old
bow and arrow- used for shooting (like the picture on the left)
shoot- make something fly through the air (Shoot a gun. Shoot an arrow.)
character- a person (but usually not real) like a person in a book or in a movie
fall in love- begin to love another person
celebrate- do something fun (like a party or something special)
romantic- something that shows the feeling of love

Check out  Valentine's Day Vocabulary on You Tube

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