Origin Stories of Common Symbols for Valentine’s Day

Origin Stories of Common Symbols for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day has very unique symbols and traditions behind it. Where did all of these come from? In this blog, we will explore the origins of the traditions we’ve been celebrating for hundreds of years.

Cupid – Cupid is the Greek god of love named Eros. He was depicted in the 4th century BCE as a chubby little boy with a bow and arrow in his hands, not unlike how he’s depicted today in cards and gifts. Always associated with Aphrodite, his ties to love were used in the 1800s when sending valentines became popular. And so the tradition continued until the modern day.

Flowers – King Charles II of Sweden invented the language of flowers in the 1600s on a trip to Persia. He paired certain flowers and their colors with emotions so that others can understand one’s feelings just from the flowers they receive. A red rose came to mean love and so the tradition and stuck.

Heart shape boxes of chocolates – In 1861, Richard Cadbury, a chocolatier, began boxing chocolates during Valentine’s Day to increase sales. Little did he know that his practice is still generating millions of days 150 years later.   

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