domingo, 2 de setembro de 2007

Valentine's day

Valentines Day
Like many other holidays, Valentines Day is thought to be of American origin; but—like many other holidays—it is not. Already in ancient Rome, people celebrated a similar holiday in the middle of February. It was Lupercalia, the festival of fertility.

The Valentine celebrations we know today probably originate in 14th-century England and France. We could indeed say that it was some kind of medieval blind-date show to which single men and women got together on 14 February. The women wrote their names on cards and put them into a box from which each man then picked a card. The woman whose name was on the card became the mans sweetheart or Valentine, as 14 February is also the commemoration day of St. Valentine (therefore the day is called St. Valentines Day).

The date, in fact, is the only connection between the festival and the martyr St. Valentine, a Roman priest from the 3rd century. Valentine lived during the reign of Claudius II, who did not allow his soldiers to get married. Claudius believed that married soldiers would not make a good army, so when he found out that Valentine married young couples secretly, he had the priest arrested and sentenced to death.

Valentines Day has become the festival of love—lovers surprise each other with little presents, flowers or a romantic dinner by candlelight. Sending special greeting cards on that day is also very popular. Valentines, as these cards are called, are sent to loved ones or even to secret lovers in order to win their hearts. If the sender doesnt want to be recognized, the card is signed »Your Valentine«.

Questões sobre o texto:

A- responda as questões abaixo tomando por base o texto VALENTINE’S DAY:

1- Valentines Day foi comemorado primeira vez nos Estados Unidos.

( ) verdadeiro ( ) falso

2- 14 de fevereiro é uma homenagem a um padre romano.

( ) verdadeiro ( ) falso

3- Cláudio II não queria que seus soldados ___________________________________________

4- Os cartões vinham com a assinatura “your valentine” quando______________________________________________________________________

5- Valentine não obedeceu ao rei e ______________________________________secretamente.

6- Quais presentes são ofertados para as pessoas amadas nesta data?


7- Onde e quando começou a comemoração de Valetine’s day nos moldes atuais?


B- Retire do texto as expressões abaixo:

1) jantar romântico _______________________________________________________

2) festival do amor_______________________________________________________

3) amantes secretos______________________________________________________

4) meados de fevereiro____________________________________________________

5) origem americana______________________________________________________

6) luz de velas__________________________________________________________

7) padre romano_________________________________________________________

8- Roma antiga__________________________________________________________

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