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Why is Cupid the Symbol for Valentine's Day?

Have you ever wondered why the adorable mythical character Cupid is seen as the major symbol for Valentine's Day? This cheeky little god has a whole lot of history behind him, and he wasn't always involved with the holiday of love. Here's some facts you might not know about him!

The history of Cupid

Cupid is a god from classical mythology, known for being the god of desire, erotic love, attraction, and affection. He is usually portrayed as a chubby, cherub-like toddler or child, or sometimes as a skinny youth. Cupid has wings and is usually shown with very rosy cheeks. His source of power stems from his bow and arrow, which cause another person or creature, when shot with Cupid's arrow, to experience uncontrollable desire.

In modern times, it is commonly accepted that Cupid is the child of the love goddess Venus and the war god Mars. Funnily enough, in Latin, Cupid is also sometimes known as "Amor", which means "love"! When he appears in mythical stories, Cupid is usually a minor or side character that serves to begin or advance the plot, however he does appear as a main character in the story Cupid and Psyche.

In modern and contemporary popular culture, the image of Cupid has been adapted to represent romantic love, especially in direct correlation to Valentine's Day, and Cupid is often depicted drawing his bow, ready to shoot someone with his love arrow. Perhaps another reason why Cupid is so closely associated with Valentine's Day is because Saint Valentine himself, the third-century Roman saint associated with the tradition of courtly love and marriage, supposedly wore a purple amethyst ring with an image of Cupid engraved on it.

Cupid and Valentine's Day costumes

We have some super cute costume options available for all of your Valentine's Day needs! Whether you are wanting to dress like Cupid himself, if you want to look sexy for the special day, or if you just want to share your love with your family and friends, we have lots of great items available. You can try one of our Cupid costumes and accessories - don't forget his signature bow and arrow! You can even dress up as Cupid's mother Venus in one of our beautiful costumes for her.

Costumes that resemble love don't stop there, though! We have heart shaped wands and tiaras, party supplies, and more, as well as similar costumes in this theme; you can even be creative and go as the Queen of Hearts, but instead of shouting "Off with their head!", you can spread love and affection! Another idea is to dress as a cute little love bug, or just wear some funny heart shaped boppers on a headband!

For those of you who want to go with the sexy costume route, you won't be disappointed. We have plenty of adult costumes available in our sexy costume category; everything from sexy versions of historical costumes, to mythical warriors and princesses, occupation costumes, and many others. We have so many great options available here to make your Valentine's Day a memorable one!