Love, Cupid, hearts, chocolates, cards and flowers are everywhere, it’s Valentine’s Day! On February 14, Americans celebrate love and friendship.
But where did this affection party come from?
The origins of Valentine’s Day are dark. We know that the ancient Romans celebrated the festival of Lupercalia, a spring festival, on February 15. With the introduction of Christianity, the feast was moved to February 14, the holy day that celebrated several early Christian martyrs called Valentine’s Day. But somewhere along the way, Valentine’s Day came to represent romance. You can watch a romantic movie right here, “The Kiss”, produced by Thomas Edison in 1900.
The romance we associate with Valentine’s Day may arise from the medieval belief that birds select their partners on February 14. During the Middle Ages, human lovebirds recited verses or prose to each other in honor of the day. “Should I compare you to a summer day?” wrote William Shakespeare. And the poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning expressed her love in this way:
As I love you; Let me count the forms.
I love you to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach. .
Do you write poetry?
We also hear these feelings in the love songs, like this funny old song, “Aba Daba Honeymoon”. How many love songs can you think could send your message on Valentine’s Day?
“Would you be my Valentine?” Nowadays, people often ask this to their loved ones on greeting cards. Probably the first greeting cards, handmade Valentine cards, appeared in the sixteenth century. As early as 1800, companies started producing mass cards. Initially, these cards were colored by hand by factory workers. At the beginning of the 20th century, even cards created with lace and ribbons filled with ribbons were created by machine. You may deliver or receive a card today or celebrate your family or that special person in another way. Valentine’s Day also gives people the opportunity to reflect on the meaning of love. What do you think true love does?