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February, 14th - St. Valentine’s Day is Coming Soon!


Немного из истории и традиций Дня Святого Валентина:

Like many other holidays, Valentines Day is thought to be of American origin; but—like many other holidays—it is not. Already in ancient Rome, people celebrated a similar holiday in the middle of February. It was Lupercalia, the festival of fertility.

The Valentine celebrations we know today probably originate in 14th-century England and France. We could indeed say that it was some kind of medieval “blind-date show” to which single men and women got together on 14 February. The women wrote their names on cards and put them into a box from which each man then picked a card. The woman whose name was on the card became the mans sweetheart orValentine, as 14 February is also the commemoration day of St. Valentine (therefore the day is called St. Valentines Day).

The date, in fact, is the only connection between the festival and the martyr St. Valentine, a Roman priest from the 3rd century. Valentine lived during the reign of Claudius II, who did not allow his soldiers to get married. Claudius believed that married soldiers would not make a good army, so when he found out that Valentine married young couples secretly, he had the priest arrested and sentenced to death.

Lets return to the more pleasant rites of our time. Valentines Day has become the festival of love—lovers surprise each other with little presents, flowers or a romantic dinner by candlelight. Sending special greeting cards on that day is also very popular. Valentines, as these cards are called, are sent to loved ones or even to secret lovers in order to win their hearts. If the sender doesnt want to be recognised, the card is signed “Your Valentine”.



Примером замечательной любовной лирики может служить куплетик песни Эллы Фитцжеральд My Funny Valentine (из мюзикла Babes In Arms — «Младенцы в доспехах») с моим вариантом стихотворного перевода:

Behold the way our fine feathered friend,
His virtue doth parade
Thou knowest not, my dim-witted friend
The picture thou hast made
Thy vacant brow, and thy tousled hair
Conceal thy good intent
Thou noble upright truthful sincere,
And slightly dopey gent.


Заметьте, как крылатый друг

Прекрасен, благороден.
Не знаешь ты, мой милый друг,
Твой облик превосходен!
Беспечный лик, волос копна -
Таят благие мысли…
Любовью опьянен слегка,
Ты чист и бескорыстен!

 И напоследок немного цитат - высказываний известных людей о любви:

v     It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages. (Friedrich Nietzsche)

v     It is best to love wisely, no doubt; but to love foolishly is better than not to be able to love at all. (William Thackeray) 

v     The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference. (Elie Wiesel) 

v     Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend. (Martin Luther King, Jr.) 

v     Those who love deeply never grow old; they may die of old age, but they die young. (Sir Arthur Pinero)

v     There is no remedy for love but to love more. (Henry David Thoreau)




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