Valentine Day

Valentine’s Day: The Season of Love

Valentine’s Day is a special day for many lovers who take the opportunity to share an intimate moment.

Valentine’s Day is held every year on February 14th Valentine’s Day is considered as the feast of lovers, of which Cupid is often the symbol. It is celebrated in many countries and it is an opportunity for many couples to exchange sweet words and small gifts as a sign of their love. This year Valentine’s Day falls on Thursday, an ideal day to take your loved one to the restaurant or the cinema to see a romantic movie. Valentine’s Day is, in any case, an opportunity to offer small gifts to declare or remind the other of his love. To each, and each, to love his imagination! And it is not forbidden to think of other days in the year.

Symbols of Valentines

Cupid

Represented as a boy carrying a bow and arrow, Cupid is the God of Love in ancient Rome. Legend has it that anyone touched by one of his arrows immediately falls in love with the first person he or she meets. Cupid has become a symbol of love at first sight. Cupid himself had to suffer to live with the chosen of his heart, the beautiful Psyche. Falling in love with this beautiful mortal, Cupid wanted to marry him but ran into the refusal of his mother, the Goddess Venus, who inflicted many hardships on the girl. Cupid pleaded his case with Jupiter, who ordered Mercury to remove Psyche and take her to Olympus. Psyche then drank Ambrosia, the nectar of the Gods, and became immortal. Cupid could then marry her beautiful.

The heart

A lover who offers a heart also offers his heart. Although extremely precious, alive, pounding, the heart is naturally what illustrates love. Symbol of Valentine’s Day for passion and desire to beat in unison, the red heart accompanies all the little words of love, the illustrations around Valentine’s Day.

Colors

Traditionally, two colors are associated with Valentine’s Day, red and white. Red for passion, loyalty and white for purity and deep feelings. The dominant color, however, is red. However, in recent years a major breakthrough of the rose, more romantic and sweeter than red. The rose is also used to symbolize beautiful friendships, tenderness.

Flowers

What better messenger than a pretty flower! To stay true to the spirit of Valentine’s Day that lovers love to exchange small bills sweet secret, lovers have made the habit to do so with flowers, especially with a flower: the rose! The rose is the star, The flower of Valentine’s Day. The language of flowers is well known and roses are queens:

  • Red rose: ardent love, passion
  • White rose: purity, immaculate love
  • Pink rose: tenderness, faithful love
  • Yellow Rose: jealousy, friendship
  • 1 rose: love at first sight
  • 3 roses: I love you
  • 9 roses: eternal love, we will be together all the life

Even if the rose remains the symbol, there are also other seasonal flowers that are perfect to declare its flame including tulip, buttercup or gerbera.

Valentine’s Day is not just for couples

However, we often forget that Valentine’s Day is a day that is not just about couples in this world. Yes, it’s the feast of love, but of all kinds of love. So, if you’re single, there’s no point daring you on this day with a jar of ice cream when you have a lot of people around you who love you and are present for you all year long. It’s a good reason to celebrate, right? Then, if you are in a relationship, the same thing applies. Why not also take the opportunity to give yourself a little love to yourself? It is essential to be able to think of oneself and to be concerned about one’s well-being by agreeing from time to time to do things that one likes or to spoil oneself a little! If we are able to love others around us, then we can certainly give ourselves a good dose of love and be proud of the person we are.

In short, we should never take for granted the people around us, support us, encourage us and make our lives even better. So, take this day to tell your mother, your father, your brothers, and your sisters how grateful you are to have them with you even in the darkest days, since a family is here to stay, for the best and worst. Tell your friends how special and unique they are to you since they are your everyday accomplices. Tell the beloved how lucky you are that life has made your paths cross and allowed you to share it together. Tell yourself that you are beautiful, strong and fulfilled by life. Because Valentine’s Day is not just for couples.

Origin of the Valentine’s Day

In many countries including France, Valentine’s Day, which is celebrated on February 14th, is the festival of lovers par excellence. Flowers, chocolates, small gifts and restaurant, Valentine’s Day is also an opportunity to spoil your partner and spend a special moment with him.

This celebration of love originates from the Lupercales, a Roman festival that celebrates fertility. On this occasion, young women are whipped in public to be made fruitful by torchlight. Fortunately, our modern day has little to do with this somewhat violent practice. Forbidden in 494, these pagan celebrations were replaced by a Christian feast of purification (Candlemas) and a feast of love and fecundity (Valentine’s Day).

Another theory is that in the third century AD, a priest named Valentin secretly celebrated marriages, which had been forbidden by the Roman Emperor Claudius, who feared that the soldiers would become too attached to women and therefore less inclined to go to war. For this act, Valentin was beheaded. After the fall of the Roman Empire, he was canonized in 1496, in honor of his sacrifice for love, and officially became the patron saint of lovers.

The last legend of the origin of Valentine’s Day comes from Great Britain. Indeed, in the fourteenth century, it was thought in England that February 14 was the day when birds mated. It was common during this period that lovers exchange sweet notes and call each their Valentine’s Day. Some of these missives are still kept at the British Library.

It was the knight Othon de Grandson, during the second half of the 14th century, poet and Vaudois captain at the court of England, who made this custom known in France. He wrote many poems on this theme such as  The Valentine’s Day Lament (I and II), The Stigmatizing Valentine’s Complainant Valentin Grandson, The Valentine’s Day Wish, and The Valentine’s Day Dream. These writings were sufficiently popular to popularize lovers’ feast over the centuries.

Happy feast of love!

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