February 12, 2012 1 Comment
Valentine’s Day is February 14th. This is not a government holiday, but it is an excuse to have a party! If you are celebrating in class, here are three ways the holiday can be celebrated in the United States:
1. Make Valentine’s Cards. Children often make Valentine’s cards for their classmates and exchange them at school. Cards can say “be mine,” “you’re the best,” or “Will you be my Valentine?”
Children usually are required to give a card to every classmate, not just their friends. Twenty or thirty cards– that’s a lot of writing.
If you are making cards in class, don’t forget to include one for your teacher.
2. Exchange candy or flowers. Adults give flowers to loved ones, wives or husbands, boyfriends or girlfriends. Roses are a popular flower for adults. In middle schools and high schools, students often sell flowers as a fundraiser. Carnations are often used for this activity because they can be dyed different colors: red means love, pink means “having a crush” on somebody, and white means friendship. However, because Valentine’s Day is in February, it is winter and there are few natural flowers growing in most of the US, so exchanging them can be expensive. An alternative is to exchange candy, like chocolates or candy hearts.
Want to know more? Read about Valentine’s Day by the numbers.
3. Have an anti-Valentine’s party. People who reject the commercialization of the holiday sometimes have “Anti-Valentine’s” or “Lonely hearts” parties. Wearing black, avoiding flowers, candy, and love songs are appropriate activities for “anti-Valentine’s.” But really it is just another excuse to have a party. Here is an anti-Valentine’s Day video:
Here are some games for English class on Valentine’s Day.