Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Valentine Facts and Love

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.


Tina Donahue said...

Fascinating facts, Rita!! Thanks so much for sharing. And a Happy Valentine's Day to you. If you like chocolate, I hope you get your fill today. :)

Renee Vincent said...

What neat facts, Rita! I didn't know some of those. Thanks for sharing them with us. And wow, I love the new cover! Love the colors! So beautiful.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Rene, and Tina, well, I don't "need" the chocolate but who knows, maybe I do. LOL

Yes, it is funny how many little tidbits of info can fill in a lot of blank spots in our mind.

I never realized Cadbury had been around so long, nor even Hallmark!

I hope all of you have a fabulous Valentine's day!!!

Rita Hestand

Sarah J. McNeal said...

That's a lot of love info, Rita. LOL You must have researched for days.
I love the cover for your new book and I wish you every success. You're such a dear.

jean hart stewart said...

Fascinating column. Couldn't believe so many people still write to Juliet! Thanks so much for sharing your interesting facts.

Redameter said...

It's fun to dig up fact and find things that you didn't know. And the web is full of them. A lot of blogs are talking about this day and I hope it is special for you all.

Sarah and Jean hope you have a marvelous day too, or at least a lot of fun...LOL
Rita Hestand

Redameter said...

You know Romeo and Juliet are a prime example of lovers who find the eternity to spend the rest of their lives, and I'm not surprised that Juliet still gets letters after all this time, especially on a day like this. When we take the time to remember the word....love!

Stormie Kent said...

I've visited a few blogs today and you have some new and interesting things here. Nice blog.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Stormy, I tried to get tidbits that weren't commonly shared. I love doing research. Always have.
Love and blessings
Rita Hestand
(hope you all had a wonderful day)

Fiona McGier said...

Thanks, Rita! Interesting tidbits!

Cadbury is a British candymaker who has been around for a lot longer than we've been able to get it in the US. My Dad from Scotland thought it was the best chocolate in the world! He gave it to my kids so often, they rate it second only to Fannie May! (My Mom's favorite.)

I've often found it odd that when I feel great feelings of love they seem to be centered in my stomach, not my heart...you know, that pit-of-the-stomach feeling where it feels all warm and light? I told this to one of my sons when he was about 4, and for Valentine's Day that year he made me a card with a picture of a stomach on it, with the words, "I love you with all of my stomach."

I figure the women of the world owe me for the 3 thoughtful and caring sons I've raised! And my daughter is gonna make some man happier than he ever thought possible! Not that I'm prejudiced since I'm their mom or anything...