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Today you may wonder about the genesis of Cupid and why Valentine’s Day became such a special day for the expression of affection. In Roman mythology, Cupid was the god of affection. He was portrayed as the son of the goddess Venus and a popular figure in the Middle Ages. In the Renaissance, under Christian influence, he had a dual nature as Heavenly and Earthly love. This was consistent with biblical teachings about the necessity of love for one another.

Stores across America packed their shelves earlier this month with items that will be given as gifts today as people honor the people they love. Flowers, chocolates shaped like hearts, and messages of love will be shared along with time spent with one another.

Did you know that every year, thousands of romantics send letters addressed to Verona, Italy intended for Juliet, the subject of the timeless romantic tragedy, “Romeo and Juliet?” The city marks the location of the Shakespearean tale, and the letters that reach the city are dutifully answered by a team of volunteers from the Juliet Club. Each year, on Valentine’s Day, the club awards the “Cara Giulietta” (Dear Juliet) prize to the author of the most touching love letter.

Did you know that Sweethearts candies started out as throat lozenges?  According to the Food Business News, pharmacist and inventor Oliver Chase created a machine that would quickly create the lozenges before switching to using the machine to create candy.

Chase’s brother came up with the idea to print messages on the candy in 1866, and the candies got their heart shape in 1901, appealing specifically to Valentine’s Day sweethearts. In 2019, the Sweetheart brand of conversation hearts was suspended for a year as the candy’s new owner, Spangler Candy Co., needed time to make a supply of the hearts for Valentine’s.

Now that we are a little bit more educated about some of the traditions of Valentine’s Day, how will you express your affection to someone special today? The marketplace is prepared for you to purchase that special gift for that special person so there is no excuse for not expressing your affections.

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By Chaplain Ghosten