Saturday, January 14, 2012
HISTORY OF VALENTINE'S DAY!
Valentine's Day originated from a Roman Fertility Festval called Lupercalia and was on the 14th of February.This date marked the transition from winter into spring. During the festival, boys drew names of girls out of an urn. This determined who their partner was for the festivities,and they exchanged gifts. The same day is believed to be when birds chose their mates. Valentine's Day has been considered the official mating day for centuries! Before the 1500's the word Valentine represented the person whose name was chosen to be someone's sweetheart for the festivities.The name also became associated with a piece of parchment with a person's name written on it.In the 1800's, the word Valentine was known as a letter or peom given to a special person. Valentine's Day came to Amercia in 1629,adopted and continues today! Some of the symbols of the day are: Cupid-an angel from Roman mythology that would shoot people with an arrow and fall in love. Cupid is the son of Venus,"The Goddess of Love", Greek Mythology Cupid is known as Eros the son of Aphrodite "Greek Goddess of Love". Roses- the red rose is a symbol of Love and Desire! Hearts & Arrows- The heart is an expression of love and the arrow represents the possibility of rejection. In ancient times the heart was believed to be the part of the human body where all emotions came from. Lovebirds & Doves- Birds supposedly found their mates on the 14th of Feb. So the birds represented love through their behavior. Lovebirds are always sitting with their mates & snuggling together! Doves represent loyalty,since Doves stay together for their entire lives! Valentine's Day is a romantic holiday for couples to espress their devotion and love. Also platonic love is now celebrated with friends,siblings,children,teachers,and other significant people in someone's life! You can find some beautiful items to express your Love,Devotion at Susan's La Bella Baskets: http://www.mylabellabaskets.com/.susans.html