Something You Didn't Know About St. Valentine's Day and more

First, let's check the level of your romanticism by answering 9 tough questions)

  1. What place does St. Valentine's Day take in terms of popularity in the world
    1. 1st 
    2. 2nd
    3. 3rd
    4. 4th 
  2. How many saint Valentines is the holiday dedicated to? 
    1. none
    2. one
    3. two as a minimum
    4. 12
  3. When did this day officially become what it is now?
    1. in 13
    2. in the 130th
    3. in 1300th
    4. never been official
  4. Who is St. Valentines Day for?
    1. For those who just married
    2. For all people 
    3. For all people and their pets
    4. For those who lacked New Year presents
  5. Who presents gifts to whom バレンタインデー in Japan?
    1. Men to women
    2. Men to men
    3. Women to men
    4. Women to cats
  6. Where do thousands of romantics send letters to Juliet every year?
    1. to Verona
    2. to Rome
    3. to Milan
    4. to London
  7. Where was the first valentines card written?
    1. at school
    2. in a palace
    3. at the battlefield
    4. in prison
  8. People of what profession get the biggest number of valentines cards?
    1. Waiters
    2. Shop assistants
    3. Teachers
    4. Taxi drivers
  9. Complete the words of Aristotle: “Love consists of one soul, dwelling ...


Ready to check yourself?

1. Valentine's Day takes an honorable second place, about 1 billion valentines cards are sold annually around the world. The 1st place is taken by Christmas (3 billion postcards).

2. According to there are at least two people named Valentine who may have inspired this holiday, including one named Valentine, who was a priest in third century Rome. As the story goes, this Valentine, violating the prohibition of Emperor Claudius II on marriage, illegally married the lovers until he was caught and sentenced to death.

Another legend suggests that Valentine was killed for trying to help Christians escape from prison in Rome, and that he actually sent the first "Valentine" message himself while being in prison by writing a letter signed "From your Valentine."

3. In the 1300s, influenced by French and English literature, this holiday came to be associated with love and romance. The popular belief that birds begin mating on February 14th is reflected in the following lines by Jeffrey Chaucer, the father of Literary English.

For this was on seynt
Volantynys Day
Whan euery bryd comyth
there to chese his make

Geoffrey Chaucer ~ 1382
Parlement of Foules
[make  - is an old version of modern mate - a partner]

4. Last year, about 27.6 million American families gave their pets Valentine's Day gifts, of which more than 17.1 million collected gifts for their cats. Overall, Americans spent an estimated $ 751.3 million on gifts for their pets on Valentine's Day.

5. In Japan, it is customary for only women to give confectionery to men, and the quality of the chocolate indicates their true feelings.

6. Verona is the scene of Shakespeare's tragedy. The letters arriving in the city are answered by a team of volunteers from the Juliet Club. Every year on Valentine's Day, the club presents the Cara Juliet (Dear Juliet) prize to the author of the most touching love letter.

7. The first Valentine's card in history was written in perhaps one of the most unromantic places imaginable: in prison. The legend of how Valentine Charles, Duke of Orleans, wrote a love letter to his second wife at the age of 21 when he was captured at the Battle of Agincourt. Having been in prison for over 20 years, he never saw how his beloved would react to a poem that he wrote to her in the early 15th century.

8. Teachers, from their loving students)

9. ... in two bodies. "


9 correct answers

You probably would get married only on February 14th as well as 6 million couples annually


You are looking forward to Valentine's Day and you probably would like to get married on this day, but would agree to another as well


For you, Valentine's Day is not the biggest holiday


For you, Valentine's Day is just a usual day


Chances are you simply forget when Valentine's Day is


And finish with - a British anecdote! ALERT! English humor, prepare not to laugh.

A young woman who recently got married was advised by her friends who are a couple: 
-The first ten years of marriage are the hardest.
- How long have you been married? - she asked. 
-Ten years -  they replied.

We sincerely congratulate you on Valentine's Day and wish you to give and receive as much love as you wish. And also sincerely love English, because - it does love you! =)

Author: Andrew Shapovalov

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