We need to know what the heck Valentine’s Day is before we can really celebrate is properly.
Wikipedia suggests that Valentine’s Day was originally a celebration of martyrs whom were named Valentine. There was Valentine of Rome, a priest who suffered martyrdom in 269 AD (what a great year that was!). Another notable Valentine martyr was Valentine of Terni who was a bishop that got caught up in persecution of Emperor Aurelian and got whacked in 197 AD (just 3 years before they partied like it was year 200!).
To make a long story short, it is a really powerful example of how time can really change a crappy day into something we celebrate with pretty flowers, chocolates, and amorous celebrations. Basically, some dude gets killed for his religious beliefs and 1,800 years later I’m getting a card with a Scooby Doo getting shot by a cupid.
Speaking of cupids, what’s the deal with them…let’s see what Wikipedia has to say:
In Roman mythology, Cupid (Latin cupido) is the god of erotic love and sex. He is equated with the Greek god Eros, and another one of his Latin names Amor (cognate with Kama). In popular culture Cupid is frequently shown shooting his bow to inspire romantic love and sex, often as an icon of Valentine’s Day.
In later literature, Cupid is frequently invoked as fickle, playful,
and perverse. He is often depicted as carrying two sets of arrows: one
set gold-headed, which inspire love; and the other lead-headed, which
No one ever told me about the lead arrows, that is freaking awesome. If a lead arrow shooting cupid exists, I bet he resides in the DMV.
For the women pervs out there, Wikipedia’s article on cupid features some full frontal nude portraits of the guy.
Well, I’m still not sure how Valentine’s Day came to this or what crazy form it will take in another 1,800 years, but I can’t wait to spend the evening after work with my Valentine, rumor has it, steak dinner is in the works!