Love Note Day is a day to tell someone that they are loved, by writing a message of kindness and affection in the form of a little note. This day can be at its most effective when the recipient of the message isn’t aware that Love Note Day even exists! Consequently, a loving message will come as a pleasant surprise.
History of Love Note Day
The history of love notes is a bit hard to officially trace as they have probably been sent for ages, as long as people have had access to the written word. But the oldest official record that historians can find of a love letter dates back to around 3000 BC in an ancient manuscript from India called the Bhagavata Purana, sent by messenger from a princess to the king she loved.
Another ancient text that might be considered to be a love letter would be the lyrical love poem written by King Solomon during the time when he was the king of Israel, somewhere between 971 and 931 BC. Other names for this love “note” are the Song of Songs or the Canticle of Canticles.
Throughout the years, love notes and love letters have been sent from one lover to another, declaring their love that was sometimes requited – and sometimes not. During the Renaissance, around the 14th century, love notes were likely a popular way to show a sign of courtly love, and by the 18th century they were more personal and full of tender feelings.
Love Note Day was established with the purpose of encouraging folks to express their love through a handwritten note, or some other format. Whether sharing feelings with a secret crush or reminding a years-long faithful partner how much they are loved, this day offers a perfect reminder to not keep that love to yourself. Share it on Love Note Day!
How to Celebrate Love Note Day
Show some love and care by celebrating Love Note Day in a variety of ways, including some of these ideas:
Send a Love Note
Certainly, the most ideal activity to engage in for celebrating Love Note Day would be to write and send a love note. This could be for a spouse, a significant other, or even someone who you have secret admiration for. Though the traditional way of doing this has typically been in handwritten form, eCards are another way of sending out a love message on this particular day.
For couples that plan exchanging notes on Love Note Day, then doing so in unpredictable ways can make the whole day a fun experience. Leaving a note in a fridge, or on the inside of the bathroom door are just two examples.
Love Note Day can be for any family members or for long time friends, too. It’s the perfect day to make someone feel appreciated through just a few heartfelt words.
Read About Famous Love Notes
A fun and romantic activity for history buffs to participate in on Love Note Day might be to do a bit of online research and come up with some interesting love notes to read that were written by famous couples. Check out some of these:
- Ludwig van Beethoven wrote a love note to his “Immortal Beloved” in the early 1800s though, sadly, the note remained unsent and was found upon his death.
- Zelda Fitzgerald’s love notes to F. Scott Fitzgerald in the 1920s and 1930s, with phrases like, “Darling, I love these velvet nights”.
- Actor Richard Burton sent love notes to Elizabeth Taylor in the 1960s saying, “My blind eyes are desperately waiting for the sight of you”.
Watch Some Movies About Love Notes
Several famous novels and films have been written that center around distant lovers who communicate through notes. Try watching some of these on Love Note Day:
- Dear John (2010)
- The Lake House (2006)
- Letters to Juliet (2010)
- The Love Letter (1999)