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Most people know I'm Welsh, although I no longer live in my homeland, but in a small village in Wales. My heart is still in Wales though, and I recently posted about St Dwynwens Day. which is the Welsh Valentine's Day falling on the 25th January. On this day it was (and still is in some areas) the custom for a young man to give the object of his affections a 'love spoon' which he would spend hours lovingly carving, with designs symbolising his affections. Traditionally the spoon is made from one piece of wood. Often the designs would have a nautical theme since in days gone by, many of the men would have been sailors. Agricultural themes, too, were popular as farming would also have been a major occupation.The ship’s wheel is was also shown as a wagon wheel, showing the man’s intentions of becoming a good provider for the family he hoped they would have together.
Celtic knots worked from the rigging ropes came to mean “everlasting love” while the anchor design was used to show that the sailors heart was “home to stay or anchored at home with her”.
Of course the the heart was a very popular symbol, sowing hiss love for her and a double heart meant a “shared or returned love” while a heart shaped spoon bowl suggested a “life full of love”.
Both the bell and cross were “will you marry me” symbols and the cross also implied “faith”. Flowers within the carving were a request to court the lady in question and a symbol of the young man's growing affection.
The more intricate the carving, the deeper his love was believed to be, which resulted in some complicated designs, including double and even tripple spoons! The dragn in the spoon on the left is of course the Welsh dragon featured on the Welsh flag and symbolises a love of Wales as well as the love of a sweetheart.
You may not receive a Lovespoon for Valentine's Day, but I hope it will be a romantic and happy one. with some romantic surprises!
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