Valentine’s Day: Valentine Symbols and Valentine Week

Valentine’s Day: Valentine Symbols and Valentine Week

 

Valentine’s Day Symbols:

Hearts: Heart is a symbol of love though we know that our emotions come from our brain.

 

Cupid, the winged and mischievous little angel pierces the hearts of his victims with his bows and arrows. The Greeks called him Eros whereas to the Romans he was known by the name of Cupid, the son of Venus. Cupid is thought to be responsible for people falling in love. (english-zone.com)

 

 

Doves are very unusual in the animal world. They remain with the same partner all of their lives. Most animals go from partner to partner but not doves. For this reason, doves are symbols of loyalty and love on Valentine’s Day.

 

 

Roses: Roses are best- known symbol of beauty and love. Most people know that red roses means “I love you” but a number of roses to be given certainly sends a big message on Valentine’s Day.

WHAT’S IN A NUMBER?

As if choosing a specific rose color weren’t enough to express your innermost thoughts, you can convey your message through the number of stems or the type of rose you select.

For example, a bouquet of roses (representing innocent love) says “you’re forever young and beautiful,”

 

while a thornless rose says “love at first sight,”

and the tea rose says ‘I’ll remember you always.” 

Refer to the list below to find out how different numbers of stems can represent different messages of love.

How many roses do you send?

 .On a first date, a single rose symbolises love at first sight. It can also be given in years to come to say, “I still love you.”

.Give someone two roses to represent your mutual love and affection.

 .Representing the couple and their shared love, a bouquet of three roses is traditional one month anniversary gift.

 .Whether it’s a school crush or a more mature passion, six roses symbolizes infatuation.

 

.To send the message “We’ll be together forever,” send a bouquet of nine roses.

.Let them know that their love is perfection with a bouquet of ten roses.

 .A perfect dozen shouts “Be mine!”

 .Tell someone that they’ll be your friend forever with a bouquet of thirteen roses.

 .Need to let someone know that you’re sorry? Send them fifteen roses.

 .Send the message “my feelings for you are truly sincere” with a bouquet of twenty roses.

 .Send a message of congratulations with twenty-five roses. 

 .Three dozen says “I’m head over heels in love!”

.Forty roses says, “my love for you is genuine.”

 .To express a love that knows no bounds, send a bouquet that’s equally as limitless – filled with fifty (or more) beautiful luxurious roses.

 

Roses in other colors have meaning too.

. Red and white roses together means unity.

.Pink roses mean grace and gentility.

.Yellow roses symbolize joy.

.Orange or coral roses communicate your desire.

.Burgundy roses are a compliment to your sweetheart’s unconscious beauty.

.Sweetheart roses are for couples who like nicknames, as they mean darling, dear, or honey.

.A single rose signifies simplicity, a nice statement to make if your pockets are empty.

.White roses means your sweetheart is heavenly.

.White rosebuds warn that you’re too young for love.

 

There are also other flowers that carry different meanings.

 .Red chrysanthemums, tulips, and carnations still say, “I love you.”

Red chrysanthemums

Yellow tulip with pink Carnation

.A daisy will compliment your valentine’s beauty.

.An elegant cala lily celebrates your lover’s splendid beauty.

 

.You can only send a lilac one time in your life because it goes to your first love.

.Gardenia is for the scared or the shy. It expresses secret untold love.

.Violets express your affection.

 

Valentines Day Lace

Lace

 

Laces and ribbons are a delicate Valentine’s Day symbol. Their association with love and romance can be traced to ancient times. At that time when kings and knights went to battles their ladylove presented laces to them.

There is yet another reason attributed to popularity of Laces as Valentine’s Day symbol. Hundreds of years ago ladies used to carry lace handkerchief. If at times a lady accidentally dropped her hanky, courtesy demanded that the man standing near the lady pick up the handkerchief for her. Sometimes, ladies used to drop their handkerchiefs deliberately in front of the man they liked and wanted to meet. Lace therefore became a tool in the hands of ladies to encourage romance. Gradually, people began to associate lace with romance and started using paper lace to decorate chocolate boxes and Valentine cards. Even in present times laces are used in Valentine’s Day Decoration and Cards. (stvalentinesday.org)

 

Valentine’s Day Card

A Valentine’s Day cards are the perfect way to send to a sweetheart, friend, or family member telling on how much you care on Saint Valentine’s Day.

“Be My Valentine”, is the most common phrase used written on a card given to a person one loves or is attracted to.

In the British Museum, you can find there the oldest Valentine card that was made in the 1400’s as valentines began to appear after 1400. The first valentine cards were made by hand and were made with colored paper, watercolors, and colored inks which was popular in Europe especially in England.  Valentines were mostly handwritten love poems and notes of affection.

Early manufactured valentine cards in early 1800’s were black and white pictures that were painted by workers in a valentines factory.

By mid 1800’s, fancy Valentine cards were made with real lace and ribbons with paper lace. But by the end of 1800’s , valentine cards were made  entirely by machine.

 

Nocross,  a card company began to manufacture valentines in the early1900’s. Each year Hallmark displays its collection of rare and antique valentines at card shops around the country. Museums and Libraries also offer antique valentine exhibitions around St. Valentine’s Day.

Antique valentine (Baltimore Sun, 1985)

 

Valentine Day Week

Source: india.com

 

1. Rose Day,February 7, 2016

Rose Day Images

The beautiful week starts with Rose Day.This day is basically the initial way to express your feeling by giving a piece of rose to your loved ones.  Rose Day is celebrated with lot of zeal and enthusiasm among the youngsters who also try to propose by giving roses to their crush or girlfriends.

 

 

 

2. Propose Day : 8 February, 2016

Propose Day is the second day in the Valentine week starting from February 7-14. Propose day is celebrated on February 8, every year. On this day large number of youngsters give gifts to propose their girlfriend, boyfriend, relative and friend.

 

 

3. Chocolate Day 2016 : 9 February, 2016

Happy Chocolate day this is celebrated on the third day of the valentine week which is on 9th February 2016. Most of the people love Chocolates. Giving Chocolate as a gift or receiving Chocolate as a gift is a good start for the day. Today is the special day for Lovers so gift crush or Love or girlfriend/boyfriend a Chocolate and express your love. Have missed the chance of proposing your love on propose day, no worries its never late to express your feelings do it now. Never ever postpone it, take time for your love at least in the special days. Surprise with a special Chocolate Box or to make it simple at least one special Chocolate which your valentine is interested in. That moment is very special seeing the happiness and love in the other person will make you happier than ever.

happy chocolate day image

 

 

4.  Teddy Bear’s Day 2016  – 10 February, 2016 

Teddy bears are cute, huggable and adorable and they are  one of those childhood memories which a girl cherishes even in her adulthood. Females are fond of teddy bears and some of them still keep them in their rooms. Teddy is a symbol of friendship and signifies how on is important to you.

 

5. Promise Day 2016 – 11 February, 2016

Every February 11, the Fifth day of the Valentine Week, is celebrated as Promise Day. Every person made a promise to someone they love as promise plays a vital role in a relationship. Fulfilling the promise is the second important role to keep a healthy and strong affair. ‘Love is an unconditional commitment to an imperfect person’. But to keep love alive, both partners must know their responsibilities, commitments, nurture love and admiration, be understanding and so on. Making big promises does not concrete your relationship but fulfilling them with utmost dedication and keeping the trust factor alive is really important.

 

6. Kiss Day 2016 – 12 February, 2016 

Kiss Day is celebrated on the 12th of February and it is one of the most popular days which lovers celebrate.  If kissing is the language of love, then lovers have lot of things to talk about. It is a sweet gesture of getting two people so close together. Have the delicate expression of love on this kiss day and turn this day into a sweet, lovable, romantic, and memorable day.

 

7. Hug Day 2016 – 13 February, 2016

Hugging is the loving gift that cost no money and can be distributed for free to make love grow. Hug is an expression of affection which showcases love, care and lot of protection towards your love.Hugs have a way of communicating numerous emotions without the need to speak. For those who have difficulty expressing themselves verbally, a hug might be exactly what they need.

Research has found that hugging stimulates brain cells. According to intelligence researcher Jay Gordon, M.D., co-author of “Brighter Baby,” new studies show that children who get some SUSTAINED form of touching, such as a LONG HUG EVERYDAY, are SMARTER. “The more physical contact a little one gets, the more the brain cells are stimulated, creating stronger, faster brain synapses and boosting IQ.”  So, hugging is important beyond that of an emotional standpoint. Research has proven this. There are many ways to celebrate this holiday beyond giving your family members a hug in the morning before heading off to work or school.

 

8. Valentine’s Day 2016 – 14 February, 2016 

And finally, it’s Valentine’s Day which holds lot of significance  to people in love.

Each year on February 14th, many people exchange cards, candy, gifts or flowers between loved ones,all in the name of St. Valentine. The day of romance we call Valentine’s Day is named for a Christian martyr and dates back to the 5th century, but has origins in the Roman holiday Lupercalia. But who is this mysterious saint, and where did these traditions come from?

 

The Mystery of St. Valentine

ORIGINS OF VALENTINE’S DAY: A PAGAN FESTIVAL IN FEBRUARY

While some believe that Valentine’s Day is celebrated in the middle of February to commemorate the anniversary of Valentine’s death or burial–which probably occurred around A.D. 270–others claim that the Christian church may have decided to place St. Valentine’s feast day in the middle of February in an effort to “Christianize” the pagan celebration of Lupercalia. Celebrated at the ides of February, or February 15, Lupercalia was a fertility festival dedicated to Faunus, the Roman god of agriculture, as well as to the Roman founders Romulus and Remus.

Fertility of course is meaningless without sex, so as time passed, sex became Lupercalia’s focus for the average Roman.

To begin the festival, members of the Luperci, an order of Roman priests, would gather at a sacred cave where the infants Romulus and Remus, the founders of Rome, were believed to have been cared for by a she-wolf or lupa.

Romulus and Remus nursed by the She-wolf of Rome, the emblem of Rome, Sala della Lupa, Palazzo dei Conservatori

The dark history of Valentine’s Day: According to the History channel, the priests would then sacrifice a goat, for fertility, and a dog, for purification.

 

The priests would sacrifice a goat, for fertility, and a dog, for purification. They would then strip the goat’s hide into strips, dip them into the sacrificial blood and take to the streets, gently slapping both women and crop fields with the goat hide. Far from being fearful, Roman women welcomed the touch of the hides because it was believed to make them more fertile in the coming year. Later in the day, according to legend, all the young women in the city would place their names in a big urn. The city’s bachelors would each choose a name and become paired for the year with his chosen woman. These matches often ended in marriage. (history.com)

 

Lupercalia survived the initial rise of Christianity and but was outlawed—as it was deemed “un-Christian”–at the end of the 5th century, when Pope Gelasius declared February 14 St. Valentine’s Day. It was not until much later, however, that the day became definitively associated with love. During the Middle Ages, it was commonly believed in France and England that February 14 was the beginning of birds’ mating season, which added to the idea that the middle of Valentine’s Day should be a day for romance.

Valentine greetings were popular as far back as the Middle Ages, though written Valentine’s didn’t begin to appear until after 1400. The oldest known valentine still in existence today was a poem written in 1415 by Charles, Duke of Orleans, to his wife while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London following his capture at the Battle of Agincourt. (The greeting is now part of the manuscript collection of the British Library in London, England.) Several years later, it is believed that King Henry V hired a writer named John Lydgate to compose a valentine note to Catherine of Valois. (history.com)

The earliest surviving recorded Valentine is a medieval French poem entitled ‘Farewell to Love’, written by Charles, Duke of Orléans in 1415, to his wife Bonne of Armagnac. Charles wrote the poem while he was held in the Tower of London after being captured at the Battle of Agincourt, during the Hundred Years War. He was at the time 21 years old. 

 

Valentine’s Day Cards

 

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