7 Myths & Superstitions About Valentine’s Day
Good morning, afternoon or night everyone! Today I have another Valentine’s Day related post with a slightly urban legend twist to it! I loved looking into superstitions surrounding Halloween, Christmas, and New Years in the past. Then today I realized, I wonder if Valentine’s Day has a set of superstitions as well? Turns out, it does! So here is a short list of the top Valentine’s Day superstitions I have found that are either still believed by many today or a momento of the past! Enjoy!
7. A Lucky Kiss
It is said that waking up to a kiss on Valentine’s Day will bring you luck! So tell your loved one to get to it!
6. Apples Are A Magical Fruit
There are actually two key superstitions when it comes to apples and Valentine’s Day. One being that should a young woman have multiple crushes or fancies, she should take an apple and twist the stem while saying each name out loud. While continuing the cycle of names, the stem is said to snap on the name of the woman’s future love. It is also said if a woman splits an apple in half, the number of seeds seen in the middle will foreshadow the number of children she will have in the future.
5. Graveyard Rituals
It is believed that on the Eve of Valentine’s Day should a young woman wish to ‘conjure’ up the image of what her future spouse may look like, she must visit a cemetery at midnight. Important things to note is this cemetery must have a church on it’s grounds and the young woman has to have a lot of guts clearly. I say this because the ritual involves yelling a chant while running around the church 12 times in order for it to work. I’d definitely stretch first if I were you.
It was believed that should a young woman sleep with a sprig of rosemary under their pillow on Valentine’s Day Eve, it will allow them to dream and see their future spouse. It was also considered the ‘Rosemary Fairy’ who would come and grant the dreams to the young woman who proved the fairy with their rosemary.
3. Love At First Sight
Should a woman wake up on Valentine’s Day single, it is said that she should gaze out the window at the crack of dawn. The first man to pass by her gaze is said to be her future husband. Don’t jump to conclusions please people.
It is believed that if a woman comes across a specific type of bird on Valentine’s Day, the bird can actually be a foreshadow of their future. Some examples I have found include a Dove, which may be a more common sign of love. Should a woman see a Dove, it is said she will marry a man with a pure heart and will have a long happy marriage. Goldfinches mean a woman will marry rich, whereas a Sparrow indicates the woman will marry poor but live a happy life. Apparently seeing a Robin connects to a woman marrying a sailor and an Owl may signify that the woman will be single forever. These are just a few for example purposes but do your own research, there are so many!
It’s very well known in today’s society that Roses are probably considered one of the most-given flower on Valentine’s Day to a loved one. Usually the colors consist of the Red, but also sometimes pink or white. According to superstitions, the color of the roses given to/received by a loved one (although varying depending on the lore/region) have deep significance to the outcome of your relationship. Red, being pretty obvious, is the best color to give as it signifies the deep love you have for one another in most lore. Whereas Yellow can signify jealousy more so than romance. White typically stands for purity (once again no real surprise) and pink is usually for elegance. The list goes on and on so feel free to do some of your own research into the topic should this idea interest you!