英文: Valentines's Day

With Valentine's Day just around the corner, I thought I would tell you about its history and the Canadian customs associated with the day.

St. Valentine was a Roman saint who is associated with love. He lived in the 3rd century A.D. and was put in jail for marrying people who weren't allowed to be married. This is why Valentine's Day is a day of love and romance.

Valentine's Day is becoming more and more commercialized. The custom that began as, writing a love poem to the person you love, has developed into, spending money in order to show your love. Nowadays, over $130 is spent per person in the U.S.

In Canada, and most English speaking countries, young girls & boys exchange cards at school called "valentines" on February 14th. The valentines usually have some kind of sweet poem written inside them. Also, some candies can be given to that someone special. In order to not make kids feel left out, it is mandatory, in some places, to give each classmate a valentine. Teenagers usually celebrate with their boyfriend or girlfriend by giving a small gift and going on a date together. Men & women usually give flowers, cards, chocolates, jewelry or other such gifts to the woman or man that they fancy, often followed by a romantic date.

I hope you enjoy Valentine's Day with your someone special!

  • to be just around the corner = soon もうすぐ
  • associated (adj) = related 関連した
  • the 3rd century A.D. = 200-299
  • jail (n) = prison 刑務官
  • commercialized (adj) = about spending money and buying things 商業化された
  • nowadays = recently / these days 最近
  • that someone special (n) = the person whom you love 恋人
  • mandatory (adj) = you must do it 義務的な
  • fancy (v) - like 好き