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Pequeñ@s Ciudadan@s wishes you a beautiful day filled with love and friendship!

Each year, we celebrate Valentine’s Day with smiles, happiness, love and friendship. At school, boys and girls share chocolates with their friends and receive love letters from anonymous  admirers. When they grow older, they send flowers and stuffed animals to their partners, and adults go out to a fun night with dinner and a movie. Valentines Day becomes an way of expressing our love. But how did this tradition begin? Why do we celebrate it?

Its origin goes back to Saint Valentine, a catholic monk who lived in Rome during the 3rd century. During this time, Claudius II, emperor of Rome, prohibited marriage in the city, since he believed soldiers must stay single and devote themselves to protecting Rome. Saint Valentine, however, opposed this rule, and fought for the liberty to decide who you want to spend the rest of your life with. 

Saint Valentine was always loyal to his belief in love. He decided to dedicate his time in helping soldiers marry throughout a secret christian marriage. Even though emperor Claudius II prohibited this, Saint Valentine truly believed in the importance of love. 

200 years later, February 14th was declared Valentine’s Day in his honor. However, it was the english writer Geoffrey Chaucer who gave this day its magic romantic touch. He began to use this day to express his love and admiration, especially his secret love. That was how love letters were born: people began to send letters to their loved ones, decorated with flowers, hearts and cupids. Today, these are the symbols we use to represent love!

“For this was on St. Valentine’s Day,

when every bird cometh there to choose his mate.”

-Chaucer

Today, the tradition lives on, and every year on the 14th of February friends and loved ones look for ways to express their admiration. 

In Pequeñ@s Ciudadan@s we invite you to celebrate Valentine’s Day by expressing your love towards friends, family, and loved ones! You can celebrate this day at home with your children, grandchildren, nephews, and together write poems and love letters. Try it out, its fun!

Pequeñ@s Ciudadan@s sends you a happy and friendly Saint Valentine’s Day!

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