Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is a cultural/religious holiday and is observed on February 14.

Valentine’s Day, one of the most widely observed unofficial holidays, is a day in which people exchange gifts and cards to express their affection for one another. There are several beliefs about how Valentine’s Day got started. Some people trace it to an ancient Roman festival called Lupercalia. Others believe the day was set aside to honor one or more saints of the early Christian church. Still others believe it originated from the old. English belief that birds choose their mates on Feb.14. Most likely, it was a combination of all three beliefs.

Many customs are associated with Valentine’s Day, some that go as far back as the 1400s. Today, students throughout the country celebrate Valentine’s Day with parties and the exchanging of greeting cards called valentines. It’s also a day for couples to express their love to each other with gifts of flowers and candy.

Valentine’s Day is one of the most commercialized holidays in the United States today. To illustrate this, search the newspaper for ads with a Valentine’s Day theme. Make a list of items advertised, then talk about the businesses that benefit most from this special day.

Find a newspaper ad featuring Cupid, a symbol of Valentine’s Day. Cupid was the son of Venus, the Roman goddess of love and beauty. Conduct further research on Cupid. Conclude the activity by writing a mock newspaper story about Cupid making an appearance in your town this Valentine’s Day.

St. Valentines Day Scavenger Hunt – see how many of the items listed below you can find in your newspaper.

1. Find something in the newspaper in the shape of a heart.

2. Find an activity in the newspaper that you would just “love” to do if you had the time & money.

3. Find something in the newspaper that could be classified as “out of this world”.

4. Find an unusual gift in the newspaper that you could give to someone to express “I Love You!”.

5. Find 5 items that come in pairs.

6. Find an example of something that would improve your “heartiness” or condition of being physically and mentally fit.

7. Find someone in the news who has “heart” or the quality of mind that would enable them to face danger or hardship resolutely.

8. Find someone in the news who is suffering from “heartache” caused by loss or despair. How could they be helped?

9. Find an article with “heartening” news that would inspire confidence or hope in the future.

10. Find an example of foods that would make a “hearty” or “heart healthy” meal.

11. Find an example of someone who was “heartless” or totally lacking in compassion or caring for his or her fellow man/woman.

12. Find an item in the newspaper that you would like to buy that would be a “sweetheart of a deal”.

Scavenger hunt was created by Audrey Eoff, NIE Coordinator, The Monitor, McAllen, TX.

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