Valentine’s Day can mean different things to different people. For some people, the day is celebrated with heart-shaped Valentine’s Day cards made by your kids or grand kids, carefully thought out gifts of flowers or jewelry, and Valentine’s Day dinners overlooking the Inlet at one of our many . restaurants. For others, it’s simply the time spent with a loved one, going to a paint studio with your girlfriends, or posting a Valentine’s Day meme on social media. And to many, it’s just another day on the calendar—one that some would just rather not celebrate.
Regardless of relationship with the day, chances are, you’ve found yourself wondering about its origins. How did February 14 become the day of love, anyway? What’s the origin of Valentine’s Day—and why have its traditions carried through to this day? And, most importantly, while we’re at it, where does the word “Valentine” come from?
As it turns out, nobody really knows the true history behind Valentine’s Day, nor can any of the theories pass a snopes test. Even historians bicker over the exact traditions from which this holiday takes its inspiration.
One theory by a University of Kansas English professor, the late Jack B. Oruch, through research, determined that the poet Geoffrey Chaucer linked love with St. Valentine for the first time in his 14th-century works “The Parlement of Foules” and “The Complaint of Mars.” He claimed that Chaucer invented Valentine’s Day as we know it today. At the time of Chaucer’s writing, February 14 also happened to be considered the first day of spring in Britain, since it was the beginning of birds’ mating season—perfectly appropriate for a celebration of affection. This is the most commonly believed origin of Valentine’s Day.
And what about Cupid? What was his role in becoming the icon for Valentine’s Day?
It’s not all about St. Valentine! Cupid—that winged baby boy often seen on Valentine’s Day cards and paraphernalia—is the iconic symbol of this holiday, and it’s not so far fetched. In Roman mythology, Cupid was the son of Venus, goddess of love and beauty. He was known for shooting arrows at both gods and humans, causing them to fall instantly in love with one another. While it’s unclear exactly when Cupid was brought into the Valentine’s Day story, it’s certainly clear why.
Looking for some last minute ideas for Valentines Day? We’ve got you covered.
$39 PER PERSON INCLUDES ONE (1) 4 OZ GLASS OF WINE, CHEESE AND CRACKERS!
Grab your sweetie and a seatie and join us on Valentine’s Day for this one of a kind, memory making date night AND this beautifully romantic, totally customizable painting!
Captain’s Dinner Valentines Day Cruise hosted by Island Time Cruises
Friday at 5:30 PM – 8 PM (141 Fantasy Harbour Blvd., Myrtle Beach, South Carolina 29579)
Celebrate Valentine’s Day with your sweetheart on “Island Time”! Delicious double entree dinner featuring Roast Beef and Lobster Ravioli, served with a variety of side dishes, tossed salad, and rolls.
Live Entertainment on Board. Music and dancing on the top deck.
Vessel is Heated and Air Conditioned for your cruising pleasure.
Boarding starts at 5;30 for a 6pm departure and returns at 8pm. Tickets are $49 plus tax.
Additional cruise enhancements are available for purchase. Surprise your date with Flowers or chocolate covered strawberries!
Enjoy your date night working together on a large project, or each creating your own two regular projects!
We will have complimentary desserts, but Feel free to Bring your own dinner & beverages.
Special Price is $100 per couple
So not matter what your Valentine’s plans are this February 14, 2020… we hope that your hearts will always be filled with love.