Valentine's Day Symbols

Hearts, roses, the colors red and pink, images and statues of cupids and cupids’ bows and arrows symbolize love and romance on Valentine’s Day.

Valentine's Day Roses

Rose is one of the most potent symbols of Valentine's Day. Since ancient times rose, the flower has been a favorite of poets and romantics at heart. For them, the rose stands for beauty, love, and passion. The demand for roses reaches its zenith on Valentine's day.

There's a legend about Valentine’s day rose. There was a beautiful maiden called Rodanthe, pursued by many suitors.

In their desperate pursuit, then they broke the doors of Rodanthe's house. This angered goddess Diana, and She turned Rodanthe into a flower and her suitors into thorns.

There is another popular legend about roses. Once Cupid was carrying a jar of sweet nectar to bring it to the Gods on Mount Olympus. Some nectar dropped on the ground. From the spot where the nectar fell beautiful rose flowers emerged. They say that the name "rose" comes from Eros - the God of Love. Red roses are also considered to be the favorite flower of Venus - the Goddess of Love. Rose flower has different colors; hence those colors have the different meaning assigned by society. One needs to be careful while giving a rose to someone. Red Roses represent love and passion, Yellow Roses symbolize Friendship, while White Roses signify True love and purity of the mind. Pink Roses are for Friendship or Sweetheart, Black Roses for Farewell.

Valentine's Day Hearts

Another traditional symbol of Valentine's Day is a red heart pierced by the Cupid's arrow. Giving someone a heart pierced by a Cupid's arrow means that the person takes the risk of being hurt and rejected. Therefore, Piercing arrow symbolizes death and vulnerability of love. The heart symbol is widely used, especially heart-shaped red balloons in Valentine's Day decoration. Stuffed red heart decorated with lace is a favorite Valentine's Day Gift.

Using Hearts as love symbol originated in around the 12th Century. Ancient people didn't know that the heart's function was to circulate blood inside the human's body, but they realized that the heart begins to beat faster when a person is upset or excited. Therefore, it was the seat of emotions and feelings. Poets too eulogized the role of the heart in feelings of love and romance, and over the years this make-believe connection between heart and love became deep-seated in the minds of people. Today, even though it is scientifically proved that emotions come from the brain heart remains a powerful symbol of love and Valentine's Day.

Cupid

Winged and a playful little angel called Cupid is one of the very popular Valentine's Day Symbols. Cupid is usually represented as a small winged figure holding a bow and arrow.

In Roman mythology, Cupid is described as the son of Venus - the Goddess of Love.  The Cupid had a bow with a quiver of arrows, and he used them to strike the hearts of people. Anyone hit by Cupid's arrow fell in love. It was Cupid's mother, Venus who sent him on such missions.

In Greek mythology, Cupid is known as Eros - the son of Aphrodite - the Greek Goddess of Love, beauty, and passion. Usually, In Roman and Greek mythology Cupid is presented as a young baby with wings. The word "Cupid" in Latin signifies "desire." Cupid is a naked, chubby, winged boy or youth with a mischievous smile in Latin mythology. He looks like someone who made people fall in love.

In certain mythologies, it is believed that anyone shot with a Cupid's arrow falls in love with the first person they see.

 

Lovebirds & Doves

Lovebirds and Doves are likable and notable Valentine's Day symbols. There was a superstition that birds found their mate on February 14. Many people across the world still hold on to this belief. While doves signify innocence, purity, and humbleness, a picture of lovebirds sums up the vision of a couple in love. Nowadays, lovebirds that are represented on Valentine's Day are little parrots in bright colors.

Doves and pigeons are incredibly loyal to their mates. Unlike most other animals that are polygamous, doves remain with one partner throughout their life. It could be the reason doves are recognized as a symbol of love and loyalty on Valentine's Day. In Roman mythology, Roman Goddess Venus considered dove to be a sacred creature because of its fidelity towards mate. Cooing sound birds make is also associated with “love sound.”

Love Knots

The love knots represent a love that will last forever. They are a series of intertwined loops that have neither a beginning nor the end. The Love Knots originate from early Arab traditions. Young Muslim women, who were living in strict orthodox households, expressed their love for young men through secret messages they would weave through the knots of a carpet. Their lovers read those letters by turning the knot around and around. This tradition gave birth to the concept of love knots that exist even to this day.

Valentines Day Lace

Ribbons and laces are delicate Valentine's Day symbols. Their relation to love and romance can be traced to ancient times. When kings and knights left to battles, their lovers presented laces to them.

There is another story behind Valentine's Day Laces. Ladies used to wear Lace handkerchief. Dropping a handkerchief was a manner of flirting by women. Ladies used to drop their tissues intentionally in front of the man they liked, and courtesy demanded men standing near the lady pick it up for her.  Therefore, Lace became a tool in the hands of ladies to support romance. Nowadays, paper lace is used as a decoration for chocolate boxes and Valentine cards.

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