Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Valentines Fun Facts

So, these fun facts blogs have been lax lately, huh. I would give some great excuse, but mostly it comes down to me choosing to read instead of write. Also, it is hard to come up with interesting fun facts all the time. However, since this is a holiday, you will get a dose of fun facts!

Valentine's Day was established by Pope Gelasius I in 496 AD

Valentine's Day is a celebration of Saint Valentine, the name of 14 saints martyred in ancient Rome

Due to confusion about if the February 14th feast date was to celebrate one of more St. Valentines, the Catholic calendar of saints removed the festival from its calendar in 1969

Valentine's Day became associated with love in the High Middle Ages, around the 11, 12, and 13th century

It is only in the past few hundred years that Cupid has been associated with Valentine's Day.

In Roman mythology, Cupid is the son of Venus and is the god of desire, affection and erotic love

In Greek mythology, Cupid is Eros and appears as a slender youth with wings

The chubby boy with a bow and arrow evolved during the Hellenistic period, between 323 and 146 BC

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