Valentine’s Day – level 2


Valentine’s Day is celebrated every year on February 14. It is a day for people in love.

The story of Valentine’s Day is very old. A legend says that there was a priest. His name was Valentine. He lived in Rome during Claudius rule.

Claudius was a Roman Emperor. Claudius believed that single men were better soldiers than those who were married or had families. Claudius decided that young men can’t get married.

Valentine disagreed with the emperor. He secretly married young couples in love. When his actions were discovered, Valentine was arrested and killed on February 14, around 270 AD.

As more and more people heard that story, Valentine became a symbol of love, and February 14 started to be celebrated as a day of love.

Difficult words: legend (an old story which doesn’t have to be true), priest (a person who can do religious ceremonies), rule (control), emperor (a boss of many countries), AD (after the birth of Christ).

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