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Valentine Symbols.

The symbols associated with Valentine's Day:

Hearts and Arrows Lovebirds Cupids
"X" sign Valentine Cards Valentine Lace
Valentine Love Knots Paper Hands Scrimshaw & Cameos
Love spoons Daguerreotype Fraktur
Theorem or Poonah Puzzik Rebus
Pinprick Acrostic Watch Papers
Sweets& Chocolates Love Apples and Tomatoes Ruses, Violets & Daises

The colors of Valentine's Day

The colors of Valentine`s Day are Pink, Red and White!

Red symbolizes warmth and feeling. It is associated with the color of the human heart.

White is a symbol of purity. (In some cases also of Faith and so it means the faith of the love two people have for each other.)

Pink (combination of Red + White) is then a symbol, of innocents and virginity in some cases.

Hearts and Arrows

A heart (red or pink) with an arrow piercing through it is the most common shape and look for a Valentines! It's not clear when the valentine heart shape became the symbol for the heart. Some scholars speculate that in the 12th century, .  more>>

Flowers of Valentine Day!

Red Rose -The traditional Valentines Day gift, red rouse Red also signifies strong feelings. But Flowers were considered love tokens before there even was a St. Valentines. The Roman God, Bacchus (God of Wine and Joy) and Venus (Goddess of Love and Beauty) both considered the beauty and fragrance of flowers to be tied with romance and love. .

Daisies, Violets and Bachelor Buttons - Kyanus Valentine Day have are a few other flowers except the rose considered to be romantic also. The Romans believed that the Daisy was once a wood nymph. One day, while dancing in a field she was seen by Vertumnus, the God of Spring who get fell in love.

Say your feelings With Flowers...  more>>
You can read page Meaning of Flowers.


Lovebirds how they become the symbol of Valentine Day? Lovebirds - colorful birds found in Africa, are so named because they sit closely together in pairs -- like sweethearts do. During the years, Lovebirds have changed from Doves .



Cupid is the most famous of Valentine symbols and everybody knows that boy armed with bow and arrows, and piercing hearts. Cupid has always played a role in the celebrations of love and lovers. He is known as a mischievous, winged child, whose arrows pierce the hearts of his victims causing them to fall deeply in love. In ancient Greece he was known as Eros the young son of Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty.  more>>

"X" sign

How about the "X" sign representing a kiss? This tradition started with the Medieval practice of allowing those who could not write to sign documents with an "X". This was done before witnesses, and the signer placed a kiss upon the "X" to show sincerity. This is how the kiss came to be synonymous with the letter "X", and how the "X" came to be commonly used at the end of letters as kiss symbols. (Some believed "X" was chosen as a variation on the cross symbol, while others believe it might have been a pledge in the name of Christ, since the "X" -- or Chi symbol -- is the second letter of the Greek alphabet and has been used in church history to represent Christ.)

Valentine Cards

The custom of exchanging love notes goes back to the Roman Lupercalia festival with the names being drawn. But the British were the ones who popularized sending your feelings to someone via a printed card. Chrles, Duke of Orleans, imprisoned in the tower of London for several years following the Battle of Agincourt in 1415, created the first Valentine card. .


Valentine Lace

Lace has long been used to make women's handkerchiefs. Hundreds of years ago, if a woman dropped her handkerchief, a man might pick it up for her. Sometimes, if she had her eye on the right man, a woman might intentionally drop.  more>>

Valentine Love knots

Valentine Love knots have series of winding and interlacing loops with no beginning and no end. A symbol of everlasting love, love knots were made from ribbon or drawn on paper. Love Knots has no beginning and no end and consists of graceful loops -sometimes forming hearts, in which messages of love are either attached and knotted in .  more>>

Scrimshaw & Cameos

Many sailors would scratch designs on tusk, bones, ivory or wood as a token of love. This is known as scrimshaw today. Long flat decorated scrimshaw were often meant as corsets stiffeners known as busk and stays. Some carved messages into them.  more>>

Love spoons

In Wales wooden love spoons were carved and given as gifts on February 14th. Hearts, keys and keyholes were favorite decorations on the spoons with decoration meant, "You unlock my heart!" .  more>>

Paper Hands

By the 19th Century another symbol of love became the paper hand. It was considered a symbol of courtship because of the custom of a man "asking for a lady's hand" in marriage. The hands of a lady have been a favorite valentine decoration for many years and are thought to depict desirable feminine qualities. .  more>>

Puzzik or Puzzle Purse , Puzzik-circa

1840 -- quaint valentines, customarily homemade, which contained a folded puzzle to be read, solved and then refolded. Not only was it necessary to decipher the message, it was also necessary to refold the paper correctly once it was opened. This valentine contained many folds of verses that had to be read in a certain sequence. The order of the verses was usually numbered and the recipient would have to twist the folds in order to determine what had been written.


Daguerreotype -was popular 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.


Rebus -- valentines, which contained romantic verses written in ink with certain words omitted and illustrated by tiny pictures instead (the image of an eye would take the place of the word "I," for example) although it had many forms. Rebus-Meant to be a riddle, these valentines were not always necessarily easy to decipher. The rebus valentine had many forms, but the one mentioned herein was the most common and the most popular.

Theorem or Poonah

Theorem or Poonah -- valentines with designs that were painted through a stencil cut in oilpaper. This particular style originated in the Orient.


Pinprick -- valentines made by pricking tiny holes in paper with a pin or needle and thus creating the appearance of lace.


Acrostic -- valentines containing verses in which the first lines spelled-out the loved one's name. Cutout -- valentines made by folding the paper several times and then cutting-out a lacelike design with small sharp-pointed scissors.


Fraktur -- valentines with ornamental lettering in the style of illuminated manuscripts from the Middle Ages.

Watch Papers.

Popular when men carried pocket watches, these were made to fit the back or front of a pocket watch.

Love Apples and Tomatoes

Historically, apples have been tokens of love and fertility. The Norse gods ate apples to stay young and scholars say that Hebrew women washed with the sap of an apple for fertility. Apples have also been known for divining and fortune telling since ancient times. For example some old traditions:  more>>

Chocolate and Love

Chocolate contains chemical called phenyl ethylamine or phenylaline that is produced in our brains when we falling in love, and that gives the same emotional high related to amphetamines. Many psychologist feel that chocolate is an instant "love booster" and .  more>>

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