When christians question why I still like certain holidays even though I am an atheist, I tell them I like the traditional pagan aspects of these holidays just like christians do. Cupids, hearts, arrows, bunnies, leprechans, Santa Claus, flying reindeer, jack-o-lanterns, decorated trees are all fun pagan traditions and myths that are embraced by christians and non-christians alike.
Many stories and legends exist as to how Valentine's day came to be. According to one legend, Valentine actually sent the first 'valentine' greeting himself. While in prison, it is believed that Valentine fell in love with a young girl -- who may have been his jailor's daughter -- who visited him during his confinement. Before his death, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter, which he signed 'From your Valentine,' an expression that is still in use today. Although the truth behind the Valentine legends is murky, the stories certainly emphasize his appeal as a sympathetic, heroic, and, most importantly, romantic figure. It's no surprise that by the Middle Ages, Valentine was one of the most popular saints in England and France.
What Santa Claus is to Christmas, Cupid is to Valentine's Day. Cupid is a big part of the hearts and arrows themes in decorations and illustrations that even children send. In Roman mythology, Cupid is the god of erotic love. He is equated with the Greek God Eros and one of his Latin names is Eros. He is also called Amor, Latin for love.LINKS:
The History of Valentine's Day
Fun Facts About Valentine's Day