Archers can claim Valentine’s Day as “their holiday.” Here’s why!
Cupid is to Valentine’s Day as Santa is to Christmas or a bunny is to Easter. Although Cupid does not leave presents or eggs full of candy. On Feb. 14, he might bring that special someone a surprise!!
Will it be “love at first sight” or “love at first arrow?”
Cupid’s Story: The Mascot for Archers
Most people associate Cupid with Valentine’s Day, but they don’t know his story. Cupid comes from the Latin word cupido, or “desire.”
In Roman mythology
Cupid’s parents are Venus, goddess of love, and Mercury, the messenger god. It only makes sense that Cupid attempts to deliver the message of love to others.
In Greek mythology
Perhaps Cupid is usually seen as a baby because babies represent the combination of two people in love. His mother is Aphrodite. Cupid is the equivalent to the gods Amor and Eros, depending on which myths are told. He is represented by the symbol of two hearts with an arrow piercing through them.
Why the bow and arrow?
Cupid has long played a role in the celebrations of love and lovers. He is known as a mischievous, winged child, whose arrows would pierce the hearts of his victims causing them to fall deeply in love. Often depicted with a bow and arrow, Cupid shoots arrows to stoke the flames of lust and romantic desire in his targets.
Examples of Cupid using his love arrows in classical mythology include a story in which this god of love shoots a golden arrow of love at the god Apollo, making him fall madly in love with a nymph, Daphne.
Did you know???
Santa gave Cupid his name because he is a matchmaker. Knowing that most reindeer are shy, Cupid does his best to introduce reindeer to each other. He’s got quite the reputation for knowing which reindeer should be together. Hmmm.
There are many Synonyms for the name CUPID including:
arrow-shooting cherub, there you have it ….what our sport is all about!!
“Will you be my valentine?”
The phrase, “Will you be my valentine?” is used on Valentine’s Day to ask someone if they want to spend the day together and exchange gifts. The phrase is not usually associated with asking someone to be in a committed relationship. That may be a relief!! Take the chocolates without the commitment.
Sooo……if you want to be a cupid this February 14 with your special someone, buy the card, grab a heart shaped box of chocolates along with a red rose and head for the Archery range for that perfect way to celebrate our special holiday – no commitments–just fun!
For all you archers…step up your game this Valentine’s Day and create your own arrows. The Bitzenburger fletching jig makes is really easy. (Shameless plug, I know–we hope you enjoy Valentine’s Day no matter how you spend it!)
Lots of love and kisses, The Bitz Team!