Valentine’s Day Everything you need to know about this day

Learn all about the origin story of this day, which was originally a pagan holiday.

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Everything you need to know about Valentine’s Day

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Tomorrow is February 14th, Valentine’s  Day. It is supposedly a day for love.

All over the world, couples, Christians and non-believers alike, join in this annual celebration of love. In fact, data has shown that this day is the second most celebrated event, the first, of course, being Christmas.

In this frenzy surrounding this special day, very few take the time to actually do any research on this holiday. To the majority who know little to nothing about this day, here is how it all started.

Valentine's day is associated with love and romance play

Valentine's day is associated with love and romance

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Origin story of Valentine’s Day

Many years ago, the people living in ancient Rome celebrated a Pagan fertility and purification festival.

This occasion was called Lupercalia,  named after the fertility god Lupercus, also known as the protector of flocks against wolves.

The Romans celebrated this feast of Lupercalia from the 13 to February 15th. The name of the month, which originated from a Latin word, ‘Februare’, means purification.

Plutarch, a Greek biographer and essayist, says, “At this time, many of the noble youth and of the magistrates run up and down through the city naked, striking those they meet with shaggy thongs.” Those thongs were called februare play

Plutarch, a Greek biographer and essayist, says, “At this time, many of the noble youth and of the magistrates run up and down through the city naked, striking those they meet with shaggy thongs.” Those thongs were called februare

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According to Noel Lenski, a historian at the University of Colorado at Boulder, practices during this feast included men whipping woman after sacrificing a goat and a dog.

He adds that they “were drunk. They were naked.”

The feast also included a matchmaking lottery, where young men coupled up with available women after picking their names from a jar. This coupling reportedly lasted throughout the entire celebration.

During the festival, available young women would write their names on clay tablets then place the tablets in a jar. Later, the men would hook up with whomever they picked from the jar. The goal was to impregnate the women play

During the festival, available young women would write their names on clay tablets then place the tablets in a jar. Later, the men would hook up with whomever they picked from the jar. The goal was to impregnate the women

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From pagan celebration to Valentine’s day

Eventually, Christianity (the Roman Catholic church) flipped the script by banning or reforming these pagan rituals.

In year 496AD, Pope Gelasius decided to replace the feast of Lupercalia with  Valentine, a day set aside in honor of the Patron Saint of lovers.

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Origin story of Valentine's day

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This was after two men, coincidentally both were named Valentine, were executed by Emperor Claudius II on Feb. 14, according to National Public Radio. Their deaths happened on the same day in different years in the 3rd century A.D.

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St. Valentine

One of these Valentines was a young priest, who disobeyed Emperor Claudius’ order.

The emperor has decreed had stopped priests from performing wedding ceremonies because he wanted the men to serve the Roman army first before tying the knot.

February 14th is the feast day for St. Valentine, the Patron of Love, Young People, Happy Marriages play

February 14th is the feast day for St. Valentine, the Patron of Love, Young People, Happy Marriages

 

Valentine’s disobedience led him to prison where he faced a death sentence. Historical accounts claim he fell in love with his jailer’s blind daughter who visited him regularly while he was in prison.

The records add that he healed her by restoring her eyesight. This miracle is said to have caused a positive change in his jailer’s faith.

The tradition of Valentine’s Day cards can also be traced to Saint Valentine, who wrote a letter to the jailer’s daughter that ended with “From Your Valentine.”

The Valentine's day card tradition reportedly started with St. Valentine play

The Valentine's day card tradition reportedly started with St. Valentine

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This note was the last thing he wrote before his death execution. His death and note began what is now as Valentine’s Day!

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