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The Valentine

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THE VALENTINE (S8x32) 3C (4C set) Linda Gaul 5 Dances 2009

1- 8 1s set and turn 2H to face down, 1s dance down below 3s and cast up to 2nd place
9-16 2s+1s dance double Fig of 8 (1s cross up to start) and 1s end facing 1st corners
17-20 1s set to 1st corners as 2nd corners set diagonally. 1s dance RSh round each to face 2nd corners (now in 1st corner positions) while 2s+3s dance clockwise 1 place
21-24 1s set to corners as 1st corners set diagonally. 1s dance RSh round each other into 2nd place opposite sides while 2s+3s dance clockwise 1 place. (3)(1)(2)
25-32 3s+1s+2s ½ turn RH and face partners. All set in lines of 3 to finish facing up nearer hands joined, 3s followed by 1s+2s dance up and cast to new positions. 213

(MINICRIB. Dance crib compiled by Charles Upton, Deeside Caledonian Society, and his successors)

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Saint Valentine's Day, commonly known as Valentine's Day is observed on February 14 each year in many countries around the world.

Since the 15th century the day has been used by lovers to express their affection for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards.

Saint Valentine, a figure shrouded in historical mystery, is widely recognized as the patron saint of love. Celebrated on February 14th each year, Valentine's Day has become synonymous with expressions of affection and heartfelt gestures.

Little is known about the actual identity of Saint Valentine, as there were multiple martyrs with the same name in early Christian history. One popular belief is that Valentine was a Roman priest during the third century. The most common narrative suggests that he defied Emperor Claudius II's decree prohibiting marriages for young men, secretly performing weddings for couples in love.

Another legend tells of Valentine's compassionate acts during his imprisonment. While awaiting execution for his defiance, he reportedly healed the jailer's blind daughter and left her a note signed "from your Valentine", a phrase that has endured through the centuries.

Saint Valentine was canonized by the Catholic Church, and his feast day, February 14th, evolved into a day of celebration and affection. Over time, Valentine's Day has transcended religious boundaries and become a global observance, marked by the exchange of cards, flowers, and tokens of love.

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Valentine - Around 1850

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