St Valentine’s Day happens this Tuesday on February 14. It’s a day where people show their love and affection for another person- usually in the form of cards, flowers, gifts and messages.
It originated as a Western Christian liturgical feast day honoring an early saint named Valentinus, and is recognized as a significant cultural and commercial celebration in many regions around the world, although it is not a public holiday in any country.
The day first became associated with romantic love within the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the 14th century, when the tradition of courtly love flourished.
What’s Cupid got to do with it all? Cupid is also known in Latin also as Amor (”Love”) . His Greek counterpart is Eros and he is just one of the ancient symbols associated with St Valentine’s Day, along with the shape of a heart, doves, and the colors red and pink. Cupid is portrayed as a small winged figure with a bow and arrow which he uses to strike the hearts of people. People who fall in love are to be ‘struck by Cupid’s arrow.’