11 февраля 2015 г.

St.Valentine is approaching, get prepared to send cards and to demonstrate your affection to all the people U love, care, miss,  cherish.
Remember, there are so many good things in your life, fascinating, adorable, majic....
just keep your eyes open!!!

Valentine’s Day around the world 
The Chinese celebrate Valentine’s Day on February 14th, but they also celebrate a special Valentine’s Day on July 7th
of the Chinese lunar calendar. This
celebration comes from a Chinese fairy tale from a
long time ago. It is the only night in the year when
two stars meet in the skies above. One star
represents a shepherd boy and the other is his love,
a weaver.
Great Britain
In Great Britain on the eve of St.
Valentine’s Day, women used to pin
four bay leaves to the corner of
their pillow and then eat boiled
eggs with salt. They believed they
would dream of their future
husbands. Another custom was to
write the names of eligible young men
on pieces of paper and stick them to
balls of clay. They would then drop them
into water and watch and wait. The first
name to rise would, they believed, be their
future husband.
These days it is more customary to send your secret     love an unsigned greetings card, in the hope that he or she will know who sent it and send a card in return.
In Japan there are two Valentine’s Days. The first is
on February 14th and the other is on March 14th
. On February 14thwomen give chocolates not only to
their boyfriends but also to their bosses and to boys
who are friends. The men don’t have to give
anything. On March 14th, which is called ‘White
Day’, the men must buy chocolates (or other
sweets) for their girlfriends or wives.
United States of America
Most people in the United States treat Valentine’s
Day as an opportunity to express their feelings
towards their loved one or to offer the hand of
friendship to others. However, a popular trend these
days is to send an ‘anti-Valentine’ card. These
cards either contain an insulting message (to your
enemy) or say goodbye (to your existing partner). If
you receive a card with the message C-Ya!(See
you!), it means your boyfriend or girlfriend wants
to end your relationship.
In Denmark, people swap poems and sweets. Some
people also send joke cards, which are called
gaekkbrev, and instead of writing their name, they
sign it in dots. If the person who receives the card
correctly guesses the identity of the sender, they  
will get a candy egg from the sender at Easter time.
There is a custom in Italy for young couples to get        
engaged on Valentine’s Day. Some shops sell china
baskets and cups which are filled with
sweets and tied with ribbons. The
young romantics offer these to each
other as a token of their love.
A long time ago, the French custom for
Valentine’s Day involved young women
going into one house and young men going
into another house, opposite the first house.
They would then call out of the windows to each              
 other. If, in the end, the man was not attracted to
his partner, he would desert her. Later on in the
day, a bonfire would be lit and the women would
insult and burn images of the young men who had
deserted them.
The Valentine’s Day tradition in Korea is similar to
that of Japan. On February 14th many young women
give candies to their boyfriend, and on March 14th
their boyfriends buy them chocolate. However, the young people who didn’t have a girlfriend or
boyfriend in February or March get to celebrate        
their own day on April 14th. On this special day,
called ‘Black Day’, young singles sit with their
friends, who are the same situation, and eat jajang
noodles, which are black. This ensures that
everyone has a day to celebrate.
Young German men present their loved ones with a beautiful bouquet of flowers on Valentine’s Day,
along with a message of love. They must
remember, though, to give an odd number (1, 3, 5
etc.) and not an even number (2, 4, 6 etc.),
otherwise it could bring them bad luck.