Friday, December 19, 2014

Heart Clipart

It's a Cordiform World

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Here we have a collection of heart clipart. The proper name for 'heart-shaped' is cordiform, so this also is a collection of cordiform clipart.

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While hearts are an enduring symbol of love and dedication, most people typically think about hearts around Saint Valentine's Day aka St. Valentine's Day, or Valentine's Day as most people refer to it.
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Valentine's Day is observed every year on February 14th. A surprising number of countries recognize Valentine's Day, though very few if any actually give people the day off for it. Even China has a day that is similar, though it is called 'The Night of Sevens,' a time when certain celestial star formations supposedly hook up on the 7th day of the 7th month of the Chinese calendar. Love is very much a universial notion. The day itself derives from Valentinus, an early Christian saint.

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Not a lot is known about Saint Valentinus - they didn't have 'Extra' or 'Celebrity Scoop' back in Roman days - so of course all sorts of myths and stories and confabulations have grown up around Valentinus. They aren't even sure which of the several Saint Valentinuses the holiday refers to, though the Church (from which the day originates) believes it to have been one particular St. Valentinus. Some of these legends relate to Valentinus supposedly sending the first Valentine's Day card and such, though that is pretty darn unlikely if you ask us (which you didn't). The point is, there was a St. Valentinus, but that's about all we know about him - his name - St. Valentinus.

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Valentine actually was a fairly common name back in the days when Rome ruled the western world. There were many priests in Rome named Valentine, and various references and relics related to those men can be found to this day in Roman churches. There were also saints named Valentine back in those days, so the name 'St. Valentine' has a definite grounding in reality.

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The Roman Catholic Church used to celebrate Valentine's Day as a feast day until fairly recently - 1969 - but it finally removed that day from its liturgical calendar due to the fact that practically nothing is known about St. Valentinus aside from his name. The Church stated: "Though the memorial of Saint Valentine is ancient, it is left to particular calendars, since, apart from his name, nothing is known of Saint Valentine except that he was buried on the Via Flaminia on February 14."

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Thus, that is the origin of the 14th of February for the celebration of Valentine's Day, though there also were Roman feast days (Lupercalia) at the same date on the calendar. Some think that may have had something to do with the Church settling on the 14th of February (that's the case with several Church holidays that have specific dates, incidentally, including Christmas).

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All that ancient history stuff, though, is, well, ancient history. All well and good for the history scholars, but what does that have to do with us? Plenty! Valentine's Day is very much with us today. There are around 190 million Valentine's Day cards sent every year in the United States, and more elsewhere around the globe. Millions of emails are sent to commemorate the holiday - and that's where this page come in handy.

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Just select an appropriate heart - a big one, a small one, one with roses, one with Mickey or Minnie Mouse, or (sniff sniff) a broken one - and attach it to your email. Our only goal is to give you a little something to make your day a little happier. Going that extra little difference may make all the difference with the one to whom you send it!

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