Symbols Found on Valentines
the queen of flowers symbolize both peace and war, love
and forgiveness. Valentine's Day is a time to send
flowers and gifts to your loved ones but beware! Some of
these beautiful messengers may transmit wrong messages. If you rearrange the
letters of the word rose you get Eros, the god of Love.
Take the most common flowers, roses for instance. There
are formal meanings of different coloured roses in some
cultures. Each of these meanings is still used in
society today, so they are still valid.
Ribbons, Laces and Frills
Ribbons and frills have been associated with romance
since the days of knighthood when a knight rode into
battle with a ribbon or scarf given him by his lady
fair. The dictionary states that the word
"Lace" comes from a Latin word meaning to
"snare" or "noose".
a beloved, there is no symbol as important as the heart.
To give someone one's heart means to give to him or her
one's whole being, for the heart is at the center of
one's existence. The heart stands for the most profound
and noblest of human emotions - that of love. Through
ages, it has inspired millions to rise above the mundane
cares and to get lost in the thought of their beloved.
Thus a heart, pierced by the cupid's arrow, has become
the most famous of the valentine's symbols.
A lady's hands was a favorite decoration that
depicted "femininity." Its beauty was enhanced
by adding a frilly cuff and a jeweled ring on the third
finger. Clasped hands represent those of Queen Victoria
and prince Albert and were symbols of the friendship
between their countries of Germany and England.
Turtle Doves and Love Birds
"Oft have I heard both youth and virgin say
Birds choose their mates, and couples too, this day;
But by their flight I never can divine,
When I shall couple with my Valentine."
was believed that on this romantic day, birds found
their mates. This belief is still cherished by love
struck people all over the world. The sweet little blue
coloured lovebirds have come to signify that belief. It
is said that the lovebirds can't live without their
mates. Dove, in the Christian belief signifies purity,
meekness and innocence. Besides that doves and pigeons mate for life and
therefore were used as a symbol of "fidelity."
Hence, these two birds have become the most endearing
symbols of the spirit of valentine day.
1840. A puzzik is a quaint sort of homemade valentine
which was a sort of puzzle that the receiver had to
solve. Not only did she have to decipher the message but
also to figure how to refold the paper once it was
opened. The order of the verses was usually numbered,
and the recipient had to twist the folds to determine
what was being said.
from 1840 to the Civil War. An old-time tintype was
found in the center of a card surrounded by an
ornamented wreath. Another type was a "Mirror
Valentine" which had a small mirror placed in the
center to reflect the happy face of the receiver.
Although it had many forms, a rebus usually was a
romantic verse written in ink with certain words omitted
and illustrated with a picture. Meant to be a riddle,
they were not always easy to decipher.
Papers. Popular when men carried pocket
watches, these were made to fit the back or front of a