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Valentine's Day
February 14, 2007
by
Dina

 

 

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 Aphrodite.

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 Mythology

Have a happy Valentineís Day!

 

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