While we’d like to show our loved ones our affection every day of the year, it’s on February 14 that romance goes full swing. This is why we like to give tokens of love on Valentine’s Day. And while those chocolates taste great and put everyone in a romantic mood, there’s nothing like a symbol of love one can keep as a memento of your partner’s devotion.
Here are some symbols that have been given to signify love throughout history:
- The glove – In Victorian times, valentines sometimes came in the form of tiny paper gloves. And in the past when wearing ladies’ gloves were the fashion, a woman often accepted a man’s proposal by giving him her glove. The glove is an intimate item of clothing, and thus, giving it to another person was quite a declaration of affection.
- The red rose – As a symbol of love, the red rose has never gone out of style. There are Greek myths on the origin of the red rose. One tells of how a white rose was stained with the blood of Aphrodite, the goddess of love, when she pricked her foot on a thorn in her haste to rush to her dying lover Adonis’s side. Another says the red roses sprung from the blood of Adonis himself.
Read on about the heart and other symbols of love …