Valentine’s Day

Use World Book Online to Learn about Valentine’s Day

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A. Use the search box to find the article on Valentine’s Day.

  1. When is Valentine’s Day?
  2. What are two gifts commonly given on Valentine’s Day?
  3. In what country are Valentine’s Day buns made with plums or raisins?
  4. In what countries do unmarried women sometimes get up early and watch for a man to pass their window?
  5. In what country do people give each other pressed white flowers?

B. Find the history section of the article.

  1. What Roman festival might have been the precursor of Valentine’s Day?
  2. When did the ancient Romans celebrate this festival?
  3. What was the purpose of the Roman celebration?
  4. How did that festival come to be celebrated in Britain?
  5. According to one story, which Roman emperor did a Christian priest named Valentine disobey?
  6. In what century did he live?
  7. What did he do that was forbidden?
  8. According to another story, what did another Christian named Valentine do that caused him to be imprisoned?
  9. What happened to that Valentine when he was in prison?
  10. When did February 14th become St. Valentine’s Day?
  11. What word from the Middle Ages sounded like ‘valentine’?
  12. What did that word mean?

C. Find the section about early customs.

  1. In which century was Valentine’s Day probably first celebrated in England?
  2. Who might have started the custom of sending verses, or poems, on this holiday?
  3. When did unmarried women start the custom of dropping pieces of paper into water to discover who they would marry?
  4. What are two things men did after they drew a piece of paper with a woman’s name on it?

D. Find the section about commerical Valentines.

  1. Who was famous, in late 19th century Britain, for her beautiful valentines?
  2. Who became famous in the U.S. for her valentines?
  3. What were ‘penny dreadfuls’?

E. Copy the citation information at the bottom of the article.

 [This assignment may be copied for use with students if the following credit is provided: ©2012 Sophie Rosen.]


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