Valentine’s Day Webquest!

Have fun finding the answers to our Valentine Trivia Hunt

Questions:

  1. What did people used to believe would happen if a woman saw a robin flying overhead on Valentine's Day?
  2. Who imprisoned Valentine?
  3. On what date was Valentine supposedly executed?
  4. How many Valentine cards will be bought in a year?
  5. Name 2 countries, other than the U.S., that celebrate Valentine's Day.
  6. In Roman mythology, February 14th is associated with which goddess?
  7. What custom does the saying "He wears his heart on his sleeve" come from?
  8. What is the flower associated with Valentine's Day?
  9. When did Hallmark make its first Valentine Card?
  10. How do you write I Love You in German?

 

Valentine Symbols

CUPID

Cupid was a mischievous, winged child, whose arrows would pierce the hearts of his victims causing them to fall deeply in love. In ancient Greece he was known as Eros, the young son of Aphrodite. To the Roman's he was Cupid, and his mother Venus.

 

ROSES

Roses symbolize both peace and war, love and forgiveness.
White roses are for true love.
Red roses are for passion.
Yellow roses are for friendship.
Black roses mean farewell.

 

Valentine Traditions and Superstitions

http://arthur.k12.il.us/arthurgs/smht.gifAncient Romans honored the goddess Juno on February 14th. Juno was the Queen of the Roman Gods and Goddesses. The Romans also knew her as the Goddess of women and marriage. The following day, February 15th, began the Feast of Lupercalia.

http://arthur.k12.il.us/arthurgs/smht.gifIn the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names from a bowl to see who their valentines would be. They would wear these names on their sleeves for one week. To wear your heart on your sleeve now means that it is easy for other people to know how you are feeling.

http://arthur.k12.il.us/arthurgs/smht.gifSome people used to believe that if a woman saw a robin flying overhead on Valentine's Day, it meant she would marry a sailor. If she saw a sparrow, she would marry a poor man and be very happy. If she saw a goldfinch, she would marry a millionaire.

http://arthur.k12.il.us/arthurgs/smht.gifSome people said if you found a glove on the road on Valentine's Day, your future beloved will have the other missing glove.

http://arthur.k12.il.us/arthurgs/smht.gifSome believed the first man's name you read in the paper or hear will be the name of the man you will marry.

http://arthur.k12.il.us/arthurgs/smht.gifPick a dandelion that has gone to seed. Take a deep breath and blow the seeds into the wind. Count the seed that remain on the stem, and that is the number of children you will have.

http://arthur.k12.il.us/arthurgs/smht.gifOr, cut an apple in half and count how many seeds are inside, you can also tell how many children you will have.

 

St. Valentine's Story

Saint Valentine is said to have lived in Rome during the third century. That was a long time ago. During this time Rome was ruled by an emperor named Claudius. Many people did not like the ruler.

Claudius was having trouble getting men to serve in his army. He felt many men would not volunteer to join because they did not want to leave their wives and families. He thought that if men were not married, they would join the army. So Claudius passed a new law which did not allow any more marriages. Most people thought this law was cruel. Valentine, who was a minister, did not support the new law.

Even after Emperor Claudius passed the law, he kept performing marriage ceremonies secretly. One night he was caught and thrown in jail and told he would be put to death.

Many young people came to visit Valentine. One was the daughter of the prison guard. On the day of his death Valentine wrote a note to the daughter signed "Love from your Valentine". This was on February 14, 269 A. D.

Some say this started the custom of exchanging love messages on Valentine's Day.

Valentine Cards

The custom of sending Valentine gifts was slowly replaced by sending messages. In the 1700's and 1800's some stores sold books called valentine writers. These books had ideas for writing valentines.

Commercial Valentines were first made in the early 1800's. Many of them were blank inside, with space for the sender to write a message. Kate Greenaway became famous for her Valentines in the late 1800's. She was a British artist showing pictures of happy children and lovely gardens.

One of the first manufacturers of Valentines in the U.S. was Esther A. Howland of Massachusetts. In 1847, after seeing British Valentines she made samples and took orders from stores. Later she hired an assembly line to produce the cards. One person glued on paper flower, another added lace, and some painted. Howland expanded her business into a $100,000 a year business.

The Hallmark Company produced its first Valentine in 1913. Hallmark offers 1,330 different Valentine's Day greeting cards. n 2000, Americans spent more than $3.6 billion on Valentine's Day. Yearly more than 900 million cards will be exchanged. Valentine's Day is second only to Christmas for the number of cards sent.

 

"I Love You" From Around the World

Afrikaans

Ek is lief vir jou
Ek het jou lief

Albanian

Te dua

Arabic

Ana Behibak (to a male)
Ana Behibek (to a female)

Armenian

kezi chat ge sirem (in western Armenian)
yes kez sirum em (in eastern armenian)
yes kez shat em siroom

Bosnian

volim te (most common)  (Volim Te Ba)
ja te volim (less common)

Brazilian Portuguese

eu te amo

Bulgarian

Obicham te

Cambodian

kh_nhaum soro_lahn nhee_ah
Bon sro lanh oon

Chinese

Wo ie ni

Manderin

Wo ai ni

Croatian

Volim te (most common), or
Ja te volim (less common)

Czech

miluji te

Danish

Jeg elsker dig

Dutch

Ik hou van jou

English

I love you!

Finnish

Mina rakastan sinua

French

Je t'aime

German

Ich liebe dich
i moag di  (an old saying for "i like you")
I mog Di ganz arg! (Suebian: South German dialekt.)

Greek

S'agapo

Hawaiian

Aloha wau ia 'oe

Hebrew

aNEE oHEIVET oTKHA (female to male)
aNEE oHEIV otAKH (male to female)

female to male "ani ohevet otcha".
male to female "ani ohev otach".

Hindi

Main tumse pyar karta hun (Male will say to Female) Mai Tumshe Pyaar Karta Hun
Main tumse pyar karti hun (Female will say to Male)

Hungarian

Szeretlek te'ged

Icelandic

Ég elska žig (pronounced jeg elska thig)

Indonesian

Saya cinta padamu
Saya Cinta Kamu
Aku tjinta padamu
saya mengasihi saudari (formal expression from male to female)
saya mengasihi saudara (formal expression from female to male)

Irish

taim i' ngra leat

Italian

Ti amo

Japanese

Kimi o ai shiteru  (Anata wa, dai suki desu ?)

Korean

Tangsinul sarang ha yo  (SA LANG HAE / Na No Sa Lan Hei?)

Latin

Te amo  (Ego te amo ?)
Vos amo
Amo te

Malaysian

saya cinta awak   or   saya sayang awak

Mandarian

Wo ai ni

Mongolia

Bi chamd khairtai

Myanmar (Burma)

Nga nint ko chit dae
Nga nint go chit tel.

Navajo

Ayor anosh'ni

Norwegian

Jeg elsker deg (Bokmaal)
Eg elskar deg (Nynorsk)

Persian

Tora dost daram  (Tora Doost Darem ?)
Duset daaram (informal language)
Dustat daaram (more peotic)
\'a\' here sounds like \'a\' in \'pat\' and \'aa\' sounds like \'u\' in \'umberlla\'. :))

Pilipino

Mahal Kita
Iniibig Kita

Polish

Kocham cię
Ja Cie Kocham (Pronounced Yacha kocham)
Ja cię kocham (thats acurate spelling) is completly not in use.
\"Ja\" is \"I\" and in this type of sentence we just skip it.

Portuguese

Eu amo-te (continental)
Eu te amo (Brazilian)

Romanian

Te iubesc

Russian

Ya lyublyu tebya
Ya vas lyublyu
Ya tebya liubliu

Scot Gaelic

Tha gra\dh agam ort

Serbian

Volim te (most common), or
Ja te volim" (less common)

Serbo-Croatian

Volim te

Somalia Languages

Waan kujeclahay

Spanish

Te quiero
Te amo

Swahili

Naku penda

Swedish

Jag älskar dig (pronounces) jag aelskar dig

Swiss-German

Ch'ha di ga"rn

Taiwanese

Gwa ai lee

Thai

Phom Rak Khun
Ch'an Rak Khun
Khao Raak Thoe / chun raak ter

Tibetan

Nga Chola Gagai Yo. Nga Chola Tsewa Yo

Turkish

Seni seviyorum!

Ukranian

Ya tebya kahayu
Ya tebe kohayu (Y
a tebe kohau)
ya tebya lyublyu (Russian variant)
Yalleh blutebeh
Y
a lublu tebe (ryss variant)

Urdu (Pakistan)

MUJHAY TUM SAY MOHABBAT HAY  or
Main tum say pyar karta hoon.

Mea tum se pyaar karta hu (when a guy says it)
Mea tum se pyar karti hu (when a gal says it)

Vietnamese

Anh ye^u em (man to woman)
Em ye^u anh (woman to man)
Toi yeu em

Welsh

'Rwy'n dy garu di.
Yr wyf i yn dy garu di (chwi)
Rwy'n caru ti