Valentine’s Day – level 3


Valentine’s Day is celebrated annually on February 14. It is a day dedicated to love. Valentine’s Day has its origins in ancient Roman times.

One popular legend tells the story of a priest named Valentine who lived during the rule of Roman Emperor Claudius.

Claudius believed that single men made better soldiers than those who were married or had families. As a result, he forbade young men from marrying, hoping to strengthen his army and protect the empire.

Valentine, a Christian priest in Rome, disagreed with the emperor and secretly performed wedding ceremonies for young couples in love.

When his actions were eventually discovered, Valentine was arrested and executed on February 14, around 270 AD.

As the story spread and evolved over the centuries, Saint Valentine became a symbol of love, and February 14 started to be celebrated as a day to honor the love between couples.

Difficult words: ancient (happening a long time ago), execute (to kill), AD (after the birth of Christ), honor (respect).

What other stories have evolved over time to inspire Valentine's Day, and how have they been celebrated?


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