Give Me Your Heart
Pink, Red and
The colors of Valentine's Day are
pink, red, and white. Pink is a delicate, almost innocent shade of
red. Pink also was connected with St. Valentine, whose burial caused
the pink almond tree to blossom. Red is a symbol of warmth and
feeling, the color of the heart. White stands for purity and faith: a
faith between two that love each other.
Ribbons, Laces and
Ribbons and frills have been
associated with romance since the days of knighthood when a knight
rode into battle with a ribbon or scarf given him by his lady fair.
The dictionary states that the word "Lace" comes from a Latin word
meaning to "snare" or "noose".
The red heart is an old
symbol for love. Centuries ago, people did not know that the
heart pumps blood through the circulatory system. However,
they did know that the heart beats faster when a person is
excited or upset. For this reason they believed that the
heart was the center of our feelings. This idea remains
today in certain sayings, such as, "It does my heart good,"
or "I'm broken-hearted," or "sick at heart."
Cupid (Gk. name is Eros) was the son of Venus
(Gk. name is Aphrodite) the Roman and Greek goddess of love.
In the Roman and Greek myths Cupid is always a youth, never
a fat baby with wings. He possessed a bow with a quiver of
arrows. When he shot the arrow into someone's heart, that
person fell in love. Usually his mother would be the one who
sent him on such errands. In Latin, the word Cupid means
"desire." Cupid is typically represented as a chubby, naked,
winged boy or youth with a mischievous smile. Cherubs are
descendants of Cupid. They are depicted as lovable little
winged creatures without arrows and quivers. Cherubs were
typically not mischievous like Cupid.
Turtle Doves and Love
Roses have endured as the
traditional flower of Valentine's Day, and perhaps we also
owe that to the Romans. In legend, a woman, Rodanthe, was
pursued by many suitors who finally became so impassioned
they broke down the doors of her house. This enraged the
goddess Diana, who turned the woman into a flower and her
suitors each into a thorn.
White roses are for
true love and purity of the mind.
The rose, which is
undoubtedly the most popular flower in the world, speaks of
love and has been the choice of lovers in every century. If
you rearrange the letters of the word rose you get Eros, the
god of Love. The color of roses are also important.
Red roses are for love
Yellow roses are for
Black roses mean
Pink roses mean
friendship or sweetheart.
The message would grow
in complexity with combinations. A full rose placed over two
buds meant secrecy. Remove the thorns from a rosebud and you
say "I fear no longer." Remove the leaves also and your
message becomes "There is nothing to hope or fear."
It was a popular belief in
the olden times that the birds chose their mates on 14th of
February. Doves and pigeons mate for life and therefore were
used as a symbol of "fidelity."
"Oft have I heard
both youth and virgin say
Birds choose their
mates, and couples too, this day;
But by their flight I
never can divine,
When I shall couple with
Young women in strict Muslim
households used to send their pledges of love to young men through
messages woven through the knots of a carpet in an Arab tradition.
This tradition of sending messages through the knots gave birth to
the concept of love knots that continues to this day.
Happy Valentine's Day home
A brief history of this
Flowers & Their Meanings
Do you know the language of
flowers? Make sure the flowers you send make just the right
Give Me Your Heart
Hearts and cupids and doves and
lace. How did all of these things get connected with love and this
My Traditional Valentine
Learn about fun valentine
traditions of today and yesteryear.
Sweets for the Sweet
Here are some fun facts about
conversation hearts and CHOCOLATE. .
Valentine's Day Recipes
The way to their hearts is through
Poetry for Those You Love
These poems are not only for
husband and wife, but also for children, parents, and friends. I
can't seem to stop adding poems to this page. Come and see.
My Funny Valentine
Want to know who you may marry?
This page is full of old and new funny little wives tales that will
lead you to your special person. At least that is what we have been
told. Let me know if any of these old tales work for you.
Be My Valentine
Most of us will buy valentines to
send to our loved ones this year. How did that all get started? What
is the hsitory behind that?
Looking for Love?
Take heart! The numbers are in your
He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not
Why wait for marriage? What does
God have to say about this issue? Recommended books for single
Christians and parents of teenagers.
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Updated Jan. 4, 2003