segunda-feira, 11 de junho de 2007

Valentine's Day

Saint Valentine's Day or Valentine's Day is a holiday on February 14. It is the traditional day on which lovers express their love for each other; sending Valentine's Cards or candy. It is very common to present flowers on Valentine's Day. The holiday is named after two men, both Christian martyrs among the numerous Early Christian martyrs named Valentine. The day became associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtle love flourished.

The day is most closely associated with the mutual exchange of love notes in the form of "valentines." Modern Valentine symbols include the heart-shaped outline and the figure of the winged Cupid. Since the 19th century, handwritten notes have largely given way to mass-produced greeting cards. The mid-nineteenth century Valentine's Day trade was a harbinger of further commercialized holidays in the United States to follow. The U.S. Greeting Card Association estimates that approximately one billion valentines are sent each year worldwide, making the day the second largest card-sending holiday of the year behind Christmas. The association estimates that women purchase approximately 85 percent of all valentines.

Fonte: wikipedia

In Brazil, this date is celebrated on July 12, a day before July 13, Saint Anthony's Day, a portuguese saint with tradition of being responsable for promoting marriages, probably due to his preaching about the importance of familiar union. The marriage - during the Middle Ages - was all about carnal union considered as being a sin in an age when the single spiritual life was highly taken in value.

The date was created by commerce of São Paulo City and afterward all Brazilian Commerce would take up this date to reproduce a similary effect of Saint Valentines' Day, such as in the countries of North hemisphere, to stimulate the exchange of gifts between the lovers.

Then, enjoy this day to send flowers and handwritten notes to whom you love.

That's all for now...bye, bye.

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