St. Valentine's Day is the traditional day on which sweethearts express their love for each other, sending cards, gifts or flowers.
Valentine greetings were popular as far back as the Middle Ages. Written Valentines didn't begin to appear until after the 15th century and the first commercial Valentine's Day greeting cards produced in the U.S.A. were created in the 1840's by Esther A. Howland who was known as the „Mother of the Valentine". Her elababorate creations were lovingly made with real lace, ribbons and colorful pictures.
The U.S. Greeting Card Association estimates that approximately one billion Valentines are sent each year worldwide, making it the second largest card-sending festival of the year behind Christmas. Apparently, 85 percent of all Valentine cards sold are purchased by women!
Our question of the month for February is: What is the date of St. Valentine's Day – is it
a) February 1st
b) February 29th
c) February 14th?
Answers should be sent in no later than February 29th.
Send your answer by e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org or as a text message to +49 160148 1000, or by post to Deutsche Welle, English Service, Inbox, 53110 Bonn, Germany. There's a shortwave radio for the winner and some great consolation prizes for the first three runners-up.
As always, you are more than welcome to give us your opinions or share your personal stories, thoughts or feelings about St. Valentin's Day - the Festival of Love!
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