Considering that Valentine's Day is one of the most popular holidays of the year, it's only appropriate that we bring you a very special set of Valentine emoticons and smileys
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Although these valentine smileys can never replace real life emotions or exchanges of hugs and kisses on Valentine's day, we're sure that our many free smileys can help you better express your feelings towards your sweetheart.
Do you know what Valentine's Day is all about? Continue reading to find out!
What is Valentine's Day?
Valentine's Day is traditionally celebrated on the 14th of February in most western and western-influenced cultures, and is the most widely celebrated holiday after Christmas. Valentine's Day is the day on which lovers convey their love and emotions for one another by exchange of Valentine's notes (also known as "Valentines"), love messages and poems, Valentine cards, gifts, flowers, chocolates and even emoticons!
In other words, Valentine's Day is the celebration of love - it is a day of romance. Many couples celebrate this day by sharing a romantic dinner and express their feelings of love and affection for each other. Many lovers also choose Valentine's Day for making marriage proposals to their loved ones and some happily married couples renew their marriage vows on Valentine's Day. This day is also known as a day on which secret lovers send flowers and notes to their loved ones and make them aware of their secret feelings. The most known symbol of Valentine's Day is the figure of the famous love match maker, the winged-Cupid; a child looking deity with his bow and arrows, and the red and pink Heart shaped sign.
Valentine's Day History
There are various opinions on the history and the origin of Valentine's Day. It is widely believed that it is named after Saint Valentine, who is said to have been a third century Roman Christian priest who was martyred on 14 February 269 A.D. According to the Catholic Church there are another two saints named Valentine who were martyred as well.
Saint Valentine's Day story
Saint Valentine lived during the rule of Emperor Claudius II. Claudius was not happy with the half-hearted performance of those of his soldiers who were married and had families. So he decided to ban marriage for men altogether in order to increase the power and strength of his army.
Saint Valentine found the decree very cruel and unjust, so he decided to defy it. He secretly performed marriages for the young soldiers and their lovers. Later, the Emperor became aware of Valentine's actions and sentenced him to death. During the time that he was jailed, he fell in love with the young daughter of his jail-man. On the day of his death, he sent a letter to her and signed it as "Your Valentine"; the expression which is widely used today.
In 498 A.D., February 14th, the day of his death was chosen as the Valentine's Day by Pope Gelasius, and later Valentine's day was declared as the Day of Romance due to its proximity to the beginning of the spring and start of mating season in the nature and the association of the day with the most romantic priest of all time, Saint Valentine.
To find out much more about this popular holiday, visit the Wikipedia page.
More Valentine stuff
Other than these love and valentine emoticons, we've got plenty of other Valentine goodies for you to download and use.
From previous years, we've also got a high quality set of love display pictures if you need some avatars and pics.