Knock, knock. Who’s there? Justin. Justin, who?
Justin time, here’s your Valentine!
It’s February 14, and that can mean only one thing. The colors of the day are red, white, and pink, with maybe a little gold tossed in for good measure. So, legit holiday or card company confab?
While it’s true the day may have become glamorized and commercialized over the years, Valentine’s Day actually has roots in the legit, and is thought to have originally been a day set aside to honor one of several martyred saints known as Valentine or Valentinius. The elements of the celebration itself, however, can be traced back to several pagan cultures as parts of fertility rituals.
Symbols of Valentine’s Day
The Heart was thought to be the source of all emotions, and later came to be associated only with the emotion of love. It’s not clear when the valentine heart shape became the symbol for the heart. Some scholars believe the heart symbol as used to signify romance and love came from early attempts by people to draw an organ they’d never seen.
Red roses were said to be the favorite flower of Venus, the Roman goddess of love.
Lace was used to make women’s handkerchiefs. Hundreds of years ago, if a woman dropped her handkerchief, a man might pick it up for her. Sometimes, if she had her eye on the right man, a woman might intentionally drop her handkerchief to encourage him. So, people began to think of romance when they thought of lace.
Lovebirds, colorful birds found in Africa, are so named because they sit closely together in pairs.
Doves are symbols of loyalty and love, because they mate for life and share the care of their babies.
Greeting cards: Esther Howland created the first commercial American valentines.
For more information: http://tlc.howstuffworks.com/family/valentine3.htm
Whether you’re with your honey or with 30 kids, do something appropriately nice to celebrate.
And if you number among the single crowd, maybe thinking of Valentine’s Day as Singles Awareness Day…why not do something extra nice for yourself that you wouldn’t ordinarily do?
Tell me your plans for Valentine’s Day!
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