Valentine’s Day Is for Everyone

屬於每個人的情人節

出版時間:2014/02/11

The origins of Valentine’s Day aren’t entirely clear. We are only sure that it is based in Christianity. There are many different versions of the story behind the holiday, but they all agree that Saint Valentine was somehow involved. Some stories tell of Valentine being a jailed priest from Rome, while others say he was a bishop from another part of Italy. Neither story is romantic, and both are instead actually quite tragic. Perhaps it is better to believe that Cupid is the reason that we celebrate love on Valentine’s Day. In Greek mythology, Cupid is known for shooting arrows that would cause the person hit to fall in love. This image of Cupid with his bow drawn has become an icon for Valentine’s Day.

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情人節的起源並不是十分清楚。我們唯一確定的是它以基督教為根據。節日背後有許多不同版本的故事,但這些故事都認同聖•瓦倫丁多少和情人節有關聯。有些故事描述了瓦倫丁是一個來自羅馬被監禁的教士,而其他的故事則說他是來自義大利另一區的主教。這兩個故事沒有任何一個是浪漫的,而且實際上反而十分悲慘。也許相信丘比特是我們在情人節時歌頌愛情的原因會比較好一些。希臘神話當中,丘比特以射出愛之箭來使被射中的人沉醉在愛河之中而聞名。而丘比特拉弓的形象也已成為情人節的象徵。

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生活必備字詞

origin n. 起源,由來
Jean is currently researching the origins of jazz music.
involve vt. 涉及;相關
be involved in...  和……有關聯/牽扯
According to the report, the mayor was involved in the scandal.
tell of...  描述/講述……
The fairy tale tells of the romance between a mermaid and a prince.
priest n. 教士;神父
bishop n. 主教
tragic a. 悲慘的,不幸的
The girl’s experience reminded Joseph of his tragic childhood.
mythology n. 神話


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