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The symbols of St. Valentine’s Day
HEART A long time ago, people believed that all the emotions were found in the heart. In later years, they thought only the emotion of love was connected with the heart. The heart is still a symbol of love, and it is also a symbol of Valentine’s Day.
RED ROSE The rose was the flower of Venus, the Roman goddess of love. Red is the color that stands for strong feelings. This is why the red rose is a flower of love.
RIBBONS Ribbons go back to the days when ladies gave ribbons to their favorite knights when they went to war.
LACE Lace comes from a latin word, it means “to catch”. Lace was supposed to catch the heart of a loved one. Hundreds of years ago, women carried lace handkerchiefs. If a woman dropped her handkerchief, a man nearby might pick it up and return it to her.
GLOVES Years ago, when a man proposed marriage to a woman, he “asked for her hand”. The hand became a symbol of marriage and love. Soon gloves also became a symbol of love.
RINGS In some countries, men and women exchange rings when they become engaged or marry.
DOVES Doves were thought to be favorite birds of Venus. These birds are symbols of loyalty and love.
CUPID Cupid is the son of Venus, goddess of love. He could cause people to fall in love by piercing them with one of his magic arrows.
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