It’s almost Valentine’s Day; love is in the air. When Valentine’s Day is near, we often think of cupid.
Picture Cupid in your head. What do you see?
Do you envision a young boy or baby holding a bow and arrow? If you answered yes, then you are like most of us.
When we think of Cupid, we think of love and Valentine’s Day, but why? Find out with these cute Cupid facts for kids.
Who is Cupid?
The story of Cupid is a myth. A myth is a traditional story or legend believed to be true but isn’t. In Roman mythology, Cupid’s mother was Venus, the goddess of love and beauty. In Greek mythology, her name is Aphrodite. Cupid’s father was Mars, the Roman god of war.
In Roman mythology, Cupid also goes by the name Amor or Cupido. In Greek mythology, he also goes by Eros.
Cupid is the Ancient Roman god of love and affection.
Many poems describe Cupid as a young boy or baby with white wings holding a golden bow and arrow. In many paintings, Cupid is painted as a young boy or baby nude or in a diaper.
Cupid’s bow and arrow are his source of power. If he shoots two people with one of his golden arrows, they will fall in love.
Cupid and Valentine’s Day
Cupid is one of the symbols of Valentine’s Day. Valentine’s Day is on February 14. It is a day that we celebrate love and the people we love in our lives.
Legend states that if two people get hit with Cupid’s arrow, they fall in love.
The Story of Cupid and Psyche
Cupid’s wife’s name was Psyche. Cupid’s mother, the goddess Venus, was very jealous of Psyche because she was so beautiful.
Before they were married, Cupid’s mother ordered him to go to Psyche’s room and shoot her with one of his arrows to make her fall in love with the most horrible being in the world. When Cupid entered the room, he fell in love with Psyche.
Cupid visited Psyche every night while she was sleeping. He told her never to look at him.
Psyche’s sisters told her that if Cupid wouldn’t allow her to look at him, he would be a monster.
Psyche could not believe that Cupid could be a monster. She couldn’t wait any longer and had to see what Cupid looked like.
When he came into her room that night, she turned and looked at him. Cupid was so angry that she looked at him, and he flew away. Psyche was so upset because she thought she lost Cupid forever. She searched for the entire world and could not find him.
Psyche completes a series of difficult and cruel tasks set up by Cupid’s mother, Venus.
Cupid watched over as Psyche suffered. She completed all the tasks except the last one.
The last task was to go to the underworld and get a sealed box. She was told not to open the box, but Psyche opened it.
Once Psyche opened the box, she fell into a deep sleep.
Cupid is so upset about losing Psyche, so he pleads with the Gods.
Jupiter, the leader of the Gods, helped Cupid and Psyche by giving Psyche the gift of immortality so she and Cupid could be together forever.
They were married in the heavens and stayed together forever. The couple had a daughter named Voluptas. The mural of the story is Love Conquers All.
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