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Valentine’s Day
时间:2014-8-18 9:37:21        作者:曲红英        来源:学习周报

  February 14 is Valentine’s Day. It is celebrated as a lovers’ holiday today, with the giving of candy, flowers, or other gifts between couples in love. Valentine’s Day has roots in several different stories that have found their way to us through the ages.

  Historians① think that it was a third-century Christian martyr②, a young man who was imprisoned③ in Rome for refusing to worship pagan gods. According to stories, Valentine made friends with many children and before he was killed on February 14, he filled the eyesight of his jailer’s blind daughter. Then he sent her a goodbye letter signed, “From your Valentine.” This phrase is now a common expression of affection that appears on many of the holiday’s greeting cards.

  Notes:

  ①historians n. 历史学家

  ②christian martyr 基督教殉道者

  ③imprison v. 坐牢

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