February 14, 2007
There are varying opinions as to the origin of Valentine's
Day. Some experts state that it originated from St. Valentine, a Roman who
was martyred for refusing to give up Christianity. He died on February 14,
269 A.D., the same day that had been devoted to love lotteries. Legend also
says that St. Valentine left a farewell note for the jailer's daughter, who
had become his friend, and signed it "From Your Valentine."
Other aspects of the story say that Saint Valentine served
as a priest at the temple during the reign of Emperor Claudius. Claudius
then had Valentine jailed for defying him. In 496 A.D., Pope Gelasius set
aside February 14 to honour St. Valentine.
Today, Valentineís Day is a day to celebrate love and
friendship. While the heart is associated with this day, another famous
symbol of Valentineís Day is Cupid. Cupid is known as a mischievous, winged
child armed with a bow and arrows. He pierces hearts with his arrows, which
represent the desires and emotions of love, causing the recipient to fall
deeply in love.
In Roman mythology, Cupid was the son of Venus, the
goddess of love. In Greek mythology, he was known as Eros, the son of
Cupid (Eros) and his bride, Psyche, have their own
interesting tale of love. Jealous of Psyche, who was known for her great
beauty, Cupidís mother ordered him to make Psyche fall in love with the most
terrible and grotesque thing on earth.
So, how does Psyche become Cupidís bride? To find out more
visit Psyche in Greek
Have a happy Valentineís Day!
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