Signs of love

Feb 14, 2013, 09:54 IST | Urmimala Banerjee

Valentine's Day is synonymous with red, white and pink. Urmimala Banerjee lists out some popular symbols associated with the day

The Cupid is the Roman God of Love, and the son of Venus, the goddess of love. It is said that if Cupid shoots his arrow of love and hits you, you will fall madly in love with the next person you meet. The name Cupid comes from the Latin word Cupido meaning ‘desire’.

Valentine rose

Teddy Bear
The teddy bear represents a perfect partner, someone whom you can hug when you are feeling low, a loyal companion and an attentive listener. In 1902, US President Theodore Roosevelt rescued a bear in Mississippi. The story of his kindness spread, and toymakers started selling bears calling them Teddy's bears.

During the Dark Ages, people thought that heart was the central nervous organ not realising that the brain was actually in charge. Also, the feeling of ‘flutter’ or sensation around the chest made people feel that love was actually from the heart.

Red roses
Red roses are the eternal symbol of love. The red rose is said to be the favourite flower of Venus, the Roman goddess of love. Also, red is a colour that signifies strong feelings in all cultures.

In the middle ages, it was believed that doves chose their mates on February 14, which marked the end of winters. The dove is a symbol of Valentine’s Day because it is a representative of the Goddess of Love, Venus. Like the dove, lovebirds also form a very lasting relationship with their mates, sometimes for life.

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