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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Valentine's Day Recipes&More!

Dear Parmis

  Today, I was looking for a recipe, but I found an eBook about Valentine’s Day, although this eBook offers over 100 lovely recipes, but it looks at the history and color of Valentine’s Day and more.

    I learned about history of Valentine' Day. It is very helpful and interesting. I enjoyed the e-book. This is Valentine’ Day history:

  Valentines Day started during the rule of Emperor Claudius II. Rome had been involved in many bloody and unpopular wars. Claudius the Cruel, as he was known, was having a difficult time getting soldiers to join the military. 

He believed the reason was because Roman men didn't want to leave their loves or families. As a result, Claudius cancelled all marriages and engagements in Rome.
   During this time, there was a Christian priest named Valentine who defended love in the empire. Valentine began to secretly marry couples death on February 14 in the year 270. Not even a Valentine’s card from the Emperor while in prison, LOL…well those came much later! It wasn't until hundreds of years later that Valentine's Day began to develop, as we know it.

   At the time of Valentine's death, Christianity was beginning to take control of Europe. Roman Catholism sought to do away with pagan holidays. Valentine's Day came to replace a mid-February fertility festival called Lupercalia. During Lupercalia, but in honour of the goddess Juno Februata, the names of young women were put into a box and lot drew names. The boys and girls who were matched would be considered partners for the year, which began in March. The early Roman men often wore the names of the girls who were to be their partners during the Lupercalia, pinned to their sleeves. Even today we say that a Man wears his heart upon his sleeve when he shows his interest in a lady.

  Sometimes the couple exchanged presents. Ladies often received perfumed gloves or fine jewels. After the Lupercalia became a saint's day honouring Saint Valentine, (a time for anyone looking for a mate). In the17th century a hopeful maiden ate a hard-boiled egg and pinned five bay leaves to her pillow before going to sleep on Valentine's eve. She believed this would make her dream of her future husband. Later, people began to exchange valentine cards instead of presents. The Duke of Orleans is believed to have made the first valentine card. Imprisoned in the Tower of London in 1415, he wrote love poems, or valentines," to his wife in France. It is now in the British Museum. Sweethearts exchanged handmade cards during the 17th and 18th centuries. The French trimmed huge paper hearts with yards of real lace Valentine cards became popular in the United States during the Civil War Elaborate cards trimmed with satin ribbons, mother-of-pearl ornaments, and spun glass were sold. Within a few years Valentine's Day received almost as much attention as Christmas.

 With Love

Happy Valentine's Day

I wrote this letter on Saturday, but I couldn't connect to Blogger. Now, it's Valentine's Day. This time, I don't love anyone, but I like many things, I love Google, Mozilla Firefox, You, My Family,This blog and....


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