Valentine's Day's Roman Godling

Many of the symbols of Valentine’s Day have their origin either in Roman mythology, or Roman customs modified during their passage down the centuries to the nations that sprung up as a result of her fall.  The ubiquitous winged cherub holding  a bow and arrows is none other than the Roman god-ling Cupid, whose arrows made people who were minutely attracted to each other fall into outright love.  This extremely popular Valentine’s Day mainstay often adorns cakes and other gifts during the modern-day celebration of the Day of Love.

Valentines Day Flower

St. Valentines Day Flower

Valentine's Day's Symbols from the Greeks

On Valentine’s Day, you can usually spy red hearts adorning just about everything, from forming the gist of a gift, or being a prominent part of a gift ensemble.  Obviously, they signify the heart, because in ancient times this is the place where it was believed that love came from – in fact, this is probably still believed widely even today!  They are excellent decorations for windows, cars, clothes and barrettes; often being seen together with a red rose, which was believed by the Romans to be the patron flower of the goddess of love and beauty, Venus (Greek Aphrodite).  The one gift that probably captures the entire spirit of the day would be comprised of red hearts, red roses, and a heart-shaped box of chocolates or other candy.  While these are nice and encompassing thoughts, the true essence of Valentine’s Day is letting your loved ones know that they are exactly that, and this never requires money to be spent.

All the World's In Love Today

Today, Valentine’s Day is embraced by many countries; for example, in Japan, a woman might give her man a so-called “true-feeling” chocolate, to signal her love and respect for him.  In France, lovers take time out during the day to trek to the national “Wall of I Love Yous”, to renew or strengthen their commitment to each other.  Danish friends exchange sweetly funny notes, and in many parts of the United States as well as South America, couples choose Valentine’s Day to get married.  I fact, a particularly touching and encompassing story happened in 2005 in America: during the Irag War, young students in Lantana, Florida, gathered together on Saint Valentine’s Day to make a touching tribute to the many soldiers that were overseas at the time, away from their families.  These students made a video, in which they were all dressed in the colors of the American flag, and bid their heroes a Happy Valentine’s Day.  It carried the true message of the holiday to all who saw it; that Valentine’s Day is about love, friendship, respect and admiration.