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VALENTINE STRATHSPEY 2 (S4x40) Edward (Ted) Willitt  1- 8 All   set   &   1s+4s   turn   RH,   1s+4s   cast   in   1   place   &   change   places   LH   on sides  9-16 All dance reels of 4 on sides 17-24 2s+4s   also   1s+3s   dance   double   Fig   of   8   across   (4s   cross   up   &   1s   cross down to start) 25-48 All dance 4 Couple Rights & Lefts:- 25-26 All cross RH 27-28 Dancers   in   1M   &   2M   places   also   3L   &   4L   places   change   places LH   on   sides   while   dancers   in   1L   &   3M   places   cross   diagonally LH as dancers in 2L & 4M place cross diagonally LH 29-40 Repeat    Bars    25-28    three    more    times    ending    facing    own partner  2 4 1 3
Taught/practised on: 2016 February 14 th
Valentine's   Day,   also   called   St.   Valentine's   Day   or   the   Feast   of   Saint   Valentine,   is   celebrated   annually   on   February 14 th .   Originating   as   a   Western   Christian   feast   day   honouring   one   or   two   early   saints   named   Valentinus,   Valentine's Day   is   recognized   as   a   significant   cultural,   religious,   and,   now   very   commercial,   celebration   of   romance   and romantic love in many regions around the world, although it is not a public holiday in any country. Martyrdom   stories   associated   with   various   Valentines   connected   to   February   14   exist,   including   a   written   account of   Saint   Valentine   of   Rome   imprisonment   for   performing   weddings   for   soldiers,   who   were   forbidden   to   marry   and for   ministering   to   Christians   persecuted   under   the   Roman   Empire. Apparently,   to   remind   these   men   of   their   vows and   God’s   love,   Saint   Valentine   is   said   to   have   cut   hearts   from   parchment   and   given   them   to   them. According   to legend,   during   his   imprisonment   Saint   Valentine   restored   sight   to   the   blind   daughter   of   his   jailer,   and   before   his execution   he   wrote   her   a   letter   signed   "Your   Valentine"   as   a   farewell.   Allegedly   she   planted   a   pink-blossomed almond tree near his grave and the almond tree remains a symbol of abiding love and friendship. Saint   Valentine   supposedly   wore   a   purple   amethyst   ring,   customarily   worn   on   the   hands   of   Christian   bishops   with an   image   of   Cupid   engraved   in   it,   a   recognizable   symbol   associated   with   love,   that   was   legal   under   the   Roman Empire.   Probably   due   to   the   association   with   Saint   Valentine,   amethyst   has   become   the   birthstone   of   February, which is thought to attract love. The   day   first   became   associated   with   romantic   love   with   Geoffrey   Chaucer   in   the   14 th C,   when   the   tradition   of courtly love flourished, in his poem “Parlement of Foules” (1382): "For this was on seynt Volantynys day Whan euery bryd comyth there to chese his make". In   18 th C   England,   it   evolved   into   an   occasion   in   which   lovers   expressed   their   love   for   each   other   by   presenting flowers,    offering    confectionery,    and    sending    greeting    cards    (known    as    "valentines").   The    now    widely    used Valentine's Day poem can be found in the collection of English nursery rhymes Gammer Gurton's Garland (1784): "The rose is red, the violet's blue, The honey's sweet, and so are you. Thou art my love and I am thine; I drew thee to my Valentine: The lot was cast and then I drew, And Fortune said it shou'd be you." In   Slovenia,   Saint   Valentine   or   Zdravko   was   one   of   the   saints   of   spring,   the   saint   of   good health   and   the   patron   of   beekeepers   and   pilgrims.   A   proverb   says   that   "Saint   Valentine brings   the   keys   of   roots"   and   plants   and   flowers   start   to   grow   on   this   day.   It   has   been celebrated   as   the   day   when   the   first   work   in   the   vineyards   and   fields   commences   and   it is also said that birds propose to each other or marry on that day. Valentine's   Day   symbols   that   are   used   today   include   the   heart-shaped   outline,   doves, and   the   figure   of   the   winged   Cupid.   Since   the   19 th    century,   handwritten   valentines   have given    way    to    mass-produced    greeting    cards    and    now    Valentine’s    Day    is    a    huge commercial   business   -   total   expenditure   in   the   US   topped   $18.2   billion   in   2017,   over $136   per   person!   Traditionally   in   Europe,   Saint   Valentine's   Keys   were   given   to   lovers   "as a   romantic   symbol   and   an   invitation   to   unlock   the   giver’s   heart",   but   also   to   children,   in order to ward off epilepsy (called Saint Valentine's Malady).
Georges Aoun - Own work, CC BY 3.0,  https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=46732235 Valentine’s Day Cupcakes