Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day


ancient- very old
bow and arrow- used for shooting (like the picture on the left)
shoot- make something fly through the air (Shoot a gun. Shoot an arrow.)
character- a person (but usually not real) like a person in a book or in a movie
fall in love- begin to love another person
celebrate- do something fun (like a party or something special)
romantic- something that shows the feeling of love

Reading Text

Valentine's Day is a very old holiday. It goes back to the times of Ancient Rome. One of the characters we often see on Valentine's Day is Cupid. He was the son of Venus, the goddess of love. He shoots people with arrows of love. When a man and a woman are hit by his arrows, they will fall in love.
Today people celebrate Valentine's Day on February 14. Men and women who are in love give each other gifts. The most popular gifts include flowers (especially roses) and chocolates. Couples may also go to a restaurant for a very nice dinner or plan something else romantic. 

In the United States, Valentine's Day is not just for lovers. Children make special Valentine's cards for their classmates. Families and friends may give candy or other small gifts to each other. It can be a fun day.

Questions and Answers

1. Who is Cupid's mother?
a. Sarah, goddess of love
b. Venus, goddess of music
c. Venus, goddess of love

2. What does Cupid use to shoot people?
a. a gun
b. a bow and arrow
c. a baseball

3. What day is Valentine's Day celebrated?
a. February 13.
b. December 25
c. February 14

4. What are the most popular flowers for Valentine's Day?
a. Roses
b. Tulips
c. Sunflowers

5. What do school children in the United States do on Valentine's Day?
a. Kiss their friends
b. Make cards for their friends
c. Have a romantic dinner with their friends
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