The Russian Centre’s Conversation Club talked about Valentine's Day

Participants discussed the history of this holiday and learnt how to compliment their loved ones.
The Russian Centre’s Conversation Club talked about Valentine's Day

On February 12, 2021 the Russian Centre in Brussels hosted another virtual meeting of the Conversation Club “Tell me”. On the eve of Valentine's Day, the main topic was love. 

At the beginning of the meeting the participants talked about the history of this holiday. The tradition of celebrating the day for all lovers is centuries old. The legend of St. Valentine tells stories of Roman times. According to one version, the authoritarian and cruel Roman emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families. Therefore he outlawed marriage for young men. But Valentine, who served as a field doctor and as a priest, performed  marriages for young lovers in secret. When his actions were discovered, he was put to death on February 14, 269. But before he died, Valentine managed to write a note to the woman he loved  – the first valentine.  

Then we discussed Valentine's Day traditions. What would this day be without a wonderful bouquet of flowers, chocolates and a magical date ? However, some of us complained about the excessive commercialisation of this holiday. But in the end, we decided that the most important thing was to feel the spirit of the day: a human being is nothing without the love from the people around him!  

At the end of the meeting, the participants enriched their vocabulary with words and expressions that can be used to pay a compliment to a loved one. In addition, we noted that on this holiday people give odd number of flowers (3, 5, 7, and so on) in Russia. 

The next meeting of the Conversation Club "Tell me" will happen on March 10 and will be dedicated to the International Women's Day. We will talk about the traditions and the meaning of this holiday in Russia and in Belgium. Join in! 

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