St. Valentine's Day
On the 14th of February, many people celebrate Valentine's Day, named after a Christian pastor named Valentine. As a secular holiday, it's quite popular, with children exchanging treats and cards and adults going on dates and giving each other romantic gifts. It's a holiday strongly associated with romance, love and the little cherub, Cupid.
Valentine's Day as we've come to know it, was made much more poplular in the late 18th century with the advent of greeting cards. It was at that time the Greek mythological god Cupid became associated with Valentine's Day, simply because early greeting card complanies used Renaissance-era art on their cards. Cupid had become known as the god of love, thus the two whent together well.
Read the whole pastor's column in the Feb. 13 Advance.