Since I'm blogging on Valentine's Day it's only befitting I should talk about it. We all know it's the day lover's send gifts to each other, declare their love and even sometimes marry on this special day.
But there are other things in history we may or may not know.
Around the world, Valentine's Day means basically the same thing and here are a few facts that I discovered I didn't know.
God blessed me today and sent my Valentine in a dream. I woke up smiling.
1. The heart has been the most common figure of romantic love over the decades. Ancient cultures believed the human soul lived in the heart. The heart may be linked with love because the ancient Greeks believed it was the goal of Eros, known as Cupid to the Romans. Anyone shot in the heart by one of Cupid's arrows would fall hopelessly in love. Because the heart is also closely linked to love, its red color is considered as romantic.
2. Doves are also part of the Valentine tradition. These birds are symbols of love and loyalty because they mate for life. A pair of doves will also share the care of all their babies.
3. In olden times some people used to believe that if a woman saw a robin flying overhead on the Valentine's Day, it meant she would marry a sailor. If she saw a sparrow, she would marry a poor man and be very happy. If she saw a goldfinch, she would marry a millionaire.
4. A love knot is a symbol of undying love, as its twisting loops have no beginnings or ends. In olden times, they were made of ribbon or drawn on paper to prove ones eternal love.
5. On February 14th wooden love spoons were carved and given as gifts on Valentine's Day in Wales. Hearts, keys and keyholes were favorite Valentine decorattions on the wooden spoons. This Valentine decoration meant, "You unlock my heart!"
6. The red rose was the favorite flower of Venus, the Roman goddess of love. The color red stands for strong romantic feelings making the red rose the flower of love.
7. Verona, the Italian city where Shakespeare's play lovers Romeo and Juliet lived, receives about 1,000 letters every year sent to Juliet on Valentine's Day.
8. Cupid is a symbol of Valentine's Day. Cupid was associated with Valentine's Day because he was the son of Venus, the Roman god of love and beauty. Cupid often appears on Valentine cards and gift tokens holding a bow and arrows as he is believed to use magical arrows to arouse feelings of love.
9. The Valentine's Day chocolate boxes were introduced in 1868 by Richard Cadbury
10. The famous gifts and cards company Hallmark, launched its first valentine product in 1913.
I hope you have enjoyed sharing a part of Valentine Day with me and feel free to copy these facts and pass them on. I hope all of you out there enjoy a lovely day and enrich our world with love on this wonderful day to celebrate it.