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  1. Saint Valentine History and Traditions

  2. Saint Valentine History • Emperor Claudius II of Rome • War • Cancelled marriages and engagements • Valentine secretly married couples • Death penalty

  3. Roman tradition • Eve of Feast if Lupercalia (fertility festival) • Girls names in jar, men pulled out names • Relationships

  4. Middle Ages • Tradition of pulling names out of bowl – similar to Roman tradition • Would wear names on sleeve for a week • Saying “wear your heart on your sleeve”

  5. English traditions • Good morning to you, valentine;Curl your locks as I do mine ---Two before and three behind.Good morning to you, valentine. • Old traditional song

  6. Welsh wooden lovespoons • “You unlock my heart!” • Carved with shapes • Hearts, keys, keyholes

  7. English traditions now • Giving of cards (either signed or anonymous) • Couples to restaurants • Giving of flowers and chocolates

  8. American traditions • Cards traditionally to all friends • Not so much of a “romantic” gesture as in England

  9. Superstitions • Apple stem twists • Dandelion seeds • Apple seeds