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西方情人节来源2015.02.25

二月十四号“情人节”可以说是年度最浪漫的一天。世界各地的情侣们都会借此机会以各种方式来向对方表达自己的心意。可是你知道“情人节”的由来是什么吗?各国情侣会通过什么方式来来表达爱意呢?

情人节的渊源

Although Valentine’s Day has become a global industry with more than 80 million roses sold worldwide, the origins of the day are unclear and hidden in the mists of time. Nobody knows exactly who St Valentine was. 情人节 Valentine’s Day 已经是一个全球化的产业。仅情人节这一天,全球玫瑰花的销量就达到八千多万朵。可是情人节究竟是怎么来的,何时开始的,历史上没有很清楚的记载和说明。没有人清楚地知道 St Valentine 到底是谁。

The legend has it that St Valentine was a priest in ancient Rome. The emperor had forbidden marriage because he wanted men to fight in his army. Valentine didn’t agree with the emperor, so he married couples in secret and was caught.据说 St Valentine 是生活在古罗马时代的一名神父。当时的罗马皇帝禁止人们结婚,因为他要更多的男人加入他的军队。 Valentine不同意皇帝的决定,秘密的主持了婚礼,成全了很多对新人,但最终还是被发现了。

Valentine was thrown into jail and sentenced to death on 14 February. On the final day, he sent a love letter signed "From your Valentine" to his lover.Valentine 被捕入狱后,无法幸免死刑的厄运。他被杀害的那天是2月14日。他临死前给爱人写了封信并署名 “From your Valentine 寄自你的Valentine”。

It’s thought that the first recorded Valentine’s card was sent by the Duke of Orleans in 1415. He was in prison at the time. He wrote love poems to his wife, so he didn't feel so lonely and isolated in the cell. 据说史上第一张有记载的情人卡 Valentine’s card 是奥尔良公爵于1415年在狱中写的。他被监禁后,以给他妻子写诗的方式寻求安慰。