History Of Valentine’s Day

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Many people believe Valentine’s day has always been the corny, romantic holiday we know today. Truth is Valentine’s day was originally a Roman festival that took place on February 13th – 15th. The Romans celebrated the coming of spring (a fertile season) with many adopted pagan rituals such as animal sacrifices, fertility rites, and a matchmaking lottery.

According to www.britannica.com the Romans called their Valentine’s day festival “Lupercalia.”  The Romans believed that mid-February is the start of Cupid’s (the Roman god of love) avian mating season. At the beginning of the festival, young men from the ages of 16 to 19 drew a name from a ceremonial vase, of a girl from the ages 14 to 19.The young men and women would remain a couple during the festival, or longer, if the match was right. They perform a fertility rite by sacrificing one or more male goats and a large dog.

According to www.npr.org, in the third century, Emperor Claudius II executed two men named Valentine on the 14th of  February in two different years. Chaucer and Shakespeare then romanticized it in their works, and it gained popularity throughout Britain and the rest of Europe. It has been said that a Valentine sent a letter to be delivered to a woman he loved and was signed “Your Valentine.” Their martyrdom was honored by the Catholic Church with the celebration of St. Valentine’s Day.

Today Valentine’s day is much sweeter compared to it’s morbid history, and is celebrated all over the U.S., Great Britain, Canada, Australia, Argentina, France, South Korea and many regions of the Philippines. People all over these regions celebrate Valentine’s day with dates, stuffed teddy bears, heart shaped chocolate boxes, and roses of many colors. We have transformed this holiday into an adorable and romantic day to ask a girl out or even show your true love how much they really mean to you.

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