CAROLYN'S COMPOSITIONS

January 23, 2014

11 Facts About Valentine’s Day

CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

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11 FACTS ABOUT VALENTINE’S DAY

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The history of Valentine’s Day–and the story of its patron saint–is shrouded in mystery. We do know that February has long been celebrated as a month of romance, and that St. Valentine’s Day, as we know it today, contains vestiges of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition.****

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QUESTIONS:

  1.  In the Middle Ages young men and women drew names from a bowl for what purpose?
  2. What two alternatives exist for St. Valentine’s Day?
  3.  What is the Valentine’s Day significance of the church “Whitefriar Street Carmelite Church” in Dublin, Ireland?
  4.  How did the action of wearing your heart on your sleeve develop?
  5.  If a person is considering five or six names of suitable marriage partners, how can he determine which one to pick?
  6.  Three the name Valentine (Valentinus) belonged to at least three men. What countries were they from?
  7.  What does it mean if a person seeking a mate sees a squirrel on Valentine’s Day?
  8.  When was Valentine’s feast day removed from the ecclesiastical calendar?
  9. Why was Valentine’s feast day removed from the ecclesiastical calendar?
  10.  What does it mean if a person seeking a mate sees a flock of coves on Valentine’s Day?

BONUS QUESTION

What is the date of the oldest surviving love poem, what was it written on, and what time era was it written?

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