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Valentine's Day in United States


Valentine's Day is celebrated on February 14. It is a festival of romantic love and many people give
cards, letters, flowers or presents to their spouse or partner. They may also arrange a romantic meal
in a restaurant or night in a hotel. Common symbols of Valentine's Day are hearts, red roses and
Cupid.

What do people do?

Many people celebrate their love for their partner


by sending cards or letters, giving gifts or flowers
and arranging meals in restaurants or romantic
nights in hotels. People who would like to have a
romantic relationship with somebody may use the
occasion to make this known, often anonymously.
Valentine's cards are often decorated with images
of hearts, red roses or Cupid. Common Valentine's
Day gifts are flowers chocolates, candy, lingerie
and champagne or sparkling wine. However, some
people use the occasion to present lavish gifts,
Public
such aslifejewelry. Many restaurants and hotels have
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special offers at this time. These can include
romantic meals or weekend breaks.

Valentine's Day is not a public holiday. Government offices, stores, schools and other organizations
are open as usual. Public transit systems run on their regular schedule. Restaurants may be busier
than usual as many people go out for an evening with their spouse or partner. Valentine's Day is
also a very popular date for weddings.

Symbols
The most common Valentine's Day symbols are the heart, particularly in reds and pinks, and
pictures or models of Cupid. Cupid is usually portrayed as a small winged figure with a bow and
arrow. In mythology, he uses his arrow to strike the hearts of people. People who have fallen in
love are sometimes said to be 'struck by Cupid's arrow. Other symbols of Valentine's Day are
couples in loving embraces and the gifts of flowers, chocolate, red roses and lingerie that couples
often give each other.
Available at: https://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/us/valentine-day Accessed on: 04 Feb. 2017.

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3. Marque V (verdadeiro) ou E (errada). Depois, corrija as frases erradas.

a) ( ) Valentine's Day is celebrated on February 14.


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b) ( ) Common symbols of Valentine's Day are hearts, pink roses and Cupid.

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c) ( ) People who would like to have a romantic relationship with somebody may use the occasion
to make this known.

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d) ( ) Valentine's cards are not often decorated with images of hearts, red roses or Cupid.

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e) ( ) Some people use the occasion to present lavish gifts, such as jewelry

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f) ( ) Cupid is usually portrayed as a big winged figure with a bow and arrow.

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g) ( ) Valentine's Day is a public holiday and government offices, stores, schools and other
organizations are closed.
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4. Leia o texto mais uma vez e relacione as expressões em inglês as equivalentes em português.
1. 'struck by Cupid's arrow ( ) refeições românticas
2. a festival of romantic love ( ) fim de semanas
3. gifts or flowers ( ) presentes ou flores
4. sending cards or letters ( ) cônjuge ou parceiro
5. lavish gifts ( ) atingido pela fecha do cupido
6. romantic meals ( ) arco e fecha
7. weekend breaks ( ) pequena asa
8. small winged ( ) um festival de amor romântico
9. bow and arrow ( ) Presentes luxuosos
10. spouse or partner ( ) enviar cartões ou cartas
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1. Respostas pessoais.

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3. Marque V (verdadeiro) ou E (errada). Depois, corrija as frases erradas.

a) ( V ) Valentine's Day is celebrated on February 14.


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b) ( E ) Common symbols of Valentine's Day are hearts, pink roses and Cupid.

Common symbols of Valentine's Day are hearts, red roses and Cupid.

c) ( V ) People who would like to have a romantic relationship with somebody may use the occasion
to make this known.

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d) ( E ) Valentine's cards are not often decorated with images of hearts, red roses or Cupid.

Valentine's cards are often decorated with images of hearts, red roses or Cupid.

e) ( V ) Some people use the occasion to present lavish gifts, such as jewelry

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f) ( E ) Cupid is usually portrayed as a big winged figure with a bow and arrow.

Cupid is usually portrayed as a small winged figure with a bow and arrow.
g) ( E ) Valentine's Day is a public holiday and government offices, stores, schools and other
organizations are closed.
Valentine's Day is a public holiday and government offices, stores, schools and other organizations
are open as usual.
4. Leia o texto mais uma vez e relacione as expressões em inglês as equivalentes em português.
1. 'struck by Cupid's arrow ( 6 ) refeições românticas
2. a festival of romantic love ( 7 ) fim de semanas
3. gifts or flowers ( 3 ) presentes ou flores
4. sending cards or letters (10) cônjuge ou parceiro
5. lavish gifts ( 1 ) atingido pela fecha do cupido
6. romantic meals ( 9 ) arco e fecha
7. weekend breaks ( 8 ) asa pequena
8. small winged ( 2 ) um festival de amor romântico
9. bow and arrow ( 5 ) Presentes luxuosos
10. spouse or partner ( 4 ) enviar cartões ou cartas

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