Valentine’s Day is a holiday about love. You can show the people you love or that special someone how much you love them on Valentine’s Day. Valentine’s Day uses so many symbols that portray love. Let’s learn a little bit more about what some of these symbols are. Carve Me a Bear! Chainsaw Carvings delves into some great carving ideas below.
The heart is one of the most popular Valentine’s Day symbols. During the Valentine’s Day season, you can find them everywhere from food to home décor. In history, it was believed that the heart was the place for all emotions. Even though we now know that the brain is responsible for thoughts and emotions many people today use hearts as the shape for love and Valentine’s Day. Although there are different theories of where the heart shape came from (because it does not look like the human heart) the heart shape has become a large symbol of Valentine’s Day.
Two birds can be associated with Valentine’s Day. You may often hear about lovebirds or doves. Lovebirds are native to South Africa and are small bright colored parrots. When they are about 10 months they will mate for life and live between 15 to 30 years. Because these lovebirds mate for life they have become a symbol of Valentine’s Day. Just like lovebirds, many white doves will also mate for life. White doves often symbolize love, hope, peace, and purity. This is why you often associate white doves with weddings or other love celebrations.
Cupid who is now pictured as a cute little baby with a bow and arrow comes from roman mythology. He was depicted as very mischievous. He would shoot target arrows to cause uncontrollable love to one person and lead arrows to cause hatred to the other. The valentines Cupid that people used has changed over the years from a handsome winged youth to a baby who shoots people to fall in love. You will find images of Cupid all over cards and decorations when it comes to Valentine’s Day.
In the 19th century sending flowers became very popular with floriography. Floriography is sending specific flower arrangements with code messages. Now even though we don’t send flowers as intensely as we did in the 19 century, we will still send flowers to send a message. Most of the time we are sending flowers because we love or appreciate somebody. Red roses have become a symbol of love and romance for Valentine’s Day. Roses have been part of love since ancient times and it is still going strong today, especially for Valentine’s Day.
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Valentine’s Day is a great day to show somebody how much you love them. While all of these Valentine’s Day symbols are wonderful, why not change things up a bit and give them a wood carving of two lovebirds or doves or even one of your favorite animal? Maybe instead of a teddy bear get them a wood carving of a bear. Carve Me A Bear! Chainsaw Carvings is here to help you give a gift to a loved one that can last a lifetime. Call us today!