Love Note Day is celebrated on September 26 every year and it is the one day where you get to channel your inner Victorian lover and send warm, heartfelt love notes to your partner! It doesn’t have to be National Boyfriend Day or Valentine’s Day to make someone you love feel special. It is a chance to convey your deepest emotions by writing down how much they mean to you and sending it to your lover in a scented envelope or an email. If you are not usually the wordy romantic type, then take this day as an opportunity to be a little cheesy. Even a plain “I love you” can make your partner feel happy and loved.
History of Love Note Day
Before the invention of email and social media, the oldest record of a love letter can be found mentioned in an ancient Indian text called the “Bhagavata Purana” around 5,000 years ago. It was sent by princess Rukmini and given to a king named Krishna by her messenger.
In Ancient Egypt and Rome, the art of writing letters — both formal and informal (love) was a topic of great interest. The love letter was taught as a skill until the start of the 18th century. By the latter half of the 18th century, literature and writing had gone through a big shift due to the influence of the Romantics and the idea of teaching how to write love letters was questioned. According to the Romantics, love letters should come from the heart. There should be nothing artificial or made-up about its content.
In the first half of the 20th century, love letters continued to prosper because of the many wars that separated lovers. Without the internet or mobile phones, the love letter was the only significant exchange and medium of communication between lovers when separated by distance. By the second half of the 20th century, the internet and technology were born and the medium of the love letter slowly started to get replaced.
By the 21st century, we already have email, social media applications, and mobile phones to communicate with our loved ones. This means that the art of writing and receiving love letters has already started fading away. Mail now means email, not a physical letter. The spirit of writing love letters and receiving them is not dead yet. Many writers and romantics around the world still keep this tradition alive. Although we are not quite sure who established Love Note Day, it seems to definitely be an initiative to bring this forgotten medium back.
Love Note Day timeline
Mention of the oldest love letter exchanged between a princess and a king is found in the “Bhagavata Purana.”
Instead of the artificiality of formal love letters, the Romantics believe that they should be genuine and written from the heart.
Love letters become an important medium of communication between lovers separated by war.
Communication becomes instant due to the internet and writing love letters is seen as a forgotten art.
Love Note Day FAQs
What should I write in a love note?
Starting from a simple I love you to a lengthy love letter — anything goes. Just be yourself and write whatever you feel like telling your partner.
Is Love Note Day a National holiday?
Love Note Day is not a public holiday. Offices and schools will still be open as usual.
What gifts can I give on Love Note Day?
Giving a note is usually the most significant part of Love Note Day. If you want to give more, you can always go with flowers and chocolates!
Love Note Day Activities
Handwrite a note to your lover
The simplest way to celebrate Love Note Day and make your special someone’s day is to find a piece of paper and pen and actually write down something you want to say to your lover! Even a simple I love you works.
Send them an e-card
You can find various kinds of e-cards on the internet. Select one according to your taste and add a small digital note along with it.
Make them a playlist
One can never go wrong with playlists. If you’re not the writer type but would like to borrow lyrics to convey your feelings then make a playlist! Put in all the songs that make you think of them and all the words you couldn’t say.
5 Lovely Facts About Love Letters
People saved paper because it was expensive
In the past, paper was very expensive so people would fold their letters and use wax instead of envelopes to save money.
Two billion letters were delivered during the war
The British Army Postal Service delivered around two billion letters between soldiers and their families during the First World War.
The longest letter was written using tape
In 1952, the record for the longest letter was taken by a woman who used 3,200 feet of narrow tape to write to her boyfriend serving in Korea.
Writing love letters increases happiness
Research claims that writing love letters raises your serotonin levels which makes you happy.
Love letters travel from prose to poetry
A love letter can even be written in the form of a sonnet.
Why We Love Love Note Day
It makes your loved one feel special
Love Note Day is meant to make your partner feel loved and appreciated. It is very important to express your feelings through words and love notes are the perfect medium.
Writing helps you explore your own feelings
The act of writing allows one to fully express themselves. Writing a love note can make you more honest with your lover and tell them things you have never said out loud.
Not just for your partner
Love Note Day is not just for your partner. You can dedicate this day to your pets, your friends, your parents, and even yourself! We all deserve to feel loved.
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