la Brocanteuse

Feb 14, 2012

Folk wisdom on Love

" A life without love is like a year without summer"


"Cultivate a heart that has no anger"
~ Cambodian~

"Since love departs at dawn, 
create,O God 
a night that has no morn"
 ~ Hindi~ 

 "Man, woman, and love originated fire"
 ~ Spanish~

"Tell me whom you love, and I'll tell you who you are"
 ~ African-American ~

"The one who loves you will make you weep"
 ~ Argentine~

"For news of the heart ask the face"
~ Guinean~ 

"Love is like fog -
 there is no mountain on which it does not rest"
~ Hawaiian~

"Love never dies of starvation,
 but often of indigestion"
~ French~

 The History and Meaning of Saint Valentine's Day

Saint Valentine was a Roman who was killed for his faith on February 14, 269 A.D. He had refused to worship pagan gods, and some stories say he was a priest who would marry young couples in secret who loved each other but who did not have parental permission. In 496, his 'saint day' was established. He is associated with love because he fell in love with the daughter of his jailer, and would pass notes to her. His final note, before he was executed, read 'from your Valentine'.

In Italy, with its romantic and religious roots, St Valentine's Day became the traditional day to be engaged. Young Romans would spend this day gathered together in gardens to listen to romantic poetry and music.

As with many holidays, the celebration of St. Valentine's Day became a mixture of the new Christian rites as well as the older pagan rites of that same time of year. St. Valentine's Day happened to fall on the Roman festival of Lupercalia. This festival was held each February to protect the villages from wolves, who would at this point be starving and cold and begin to make their village raids.

During the festival of Lupercalia, young men would playfully whip women with stripes of animal hide, chasing
them around town. It was felt that this festival made the women who were 'whipped' more fertile. The young men would sometimes draw the names of girls from a jar, to choose their partner for the day for any singing and dancing. 

I would love to celebrate St. Valentine
 the Italian way..
Colette X 

all images by la Brocanteuse 


Anonymous said...

Col-I loved the history behind fascinating ....thank goodness we have given up the whipping part of the celebrations!!
Have a lovely day and thank you for a wonderful post!

Nika Vintage said...

Una maravilla cada una de las fotos!
Feliz San Valentin!

Los Mundos de Nika Vintage.

Acquired Objects said...

Colette I love this post! I honestly didn't know the story behind Valentine's so thank you for this.

I wish you lots of Love and a Happy Valentine's Day!


French said...

Your images are a feast for the eyes & the quotes are lovely to ponder....wishing you a Happy Valentine's Day, Col!

Karena said...

Colette, I love the Hand holding the Heart. That is what it is like when we open our hearts to love!

Thank you for sharing the History of this special day!

Happy Valentines!

Art by Karena

Mélanie A. said...

Thank you for all ths story behind Valentine . Happy valentine's day to you

Sharon Lee Johnson said...

I love these quotes and the images you've chosen to go with them are perfect. I hope you had a wonderful Valentine's day. All the best x Sharon

Virginia said...

The hand with the heart reminded me of "Listen", the huge head w/hand outside St. Eustache in Paris! :)

Veronica said...

What a gorgeous post! So glad I found it, albeit a bit belated, but enjoyed it immensely..

Gorgeous images!

Veronica said...

What a gorgeous post! So glad I found it, albeit a bit belated, but enjoyed it immensely..

Gorgeous images!

Sarah said...

Fun post! Both the quotes and the images are a feast for the senses. Happy Valentine's Day belatedly. ;-)
~ Sarah