Valentine’s day is celebrated as a special social event all over the world. People enjoy the day by sharing gifts and cards to their romantic counterparts or to the one’s they are attracted to, In order to express their love, affection and also to mark them as their Valentine. This definition of Valentine’s day feels so sweet isn’t it?? But the true origin of Valentine’s day holds a different history.
Originally, “Feast of Lupercalia” and “St.Valentine’s day” merged together to form the modern day sweet and lovable “Valentine’s day”.
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Feast of Lupercalia: This is a yearly ritual celebrated in the city of Rome to cast away evil spirits in order to purify the city releasing “Health and Fertility”. It was celebrated from Feb 13 to 15, in which people sacrifice Goats and Dogs to avert evil spirits which cause infertility. They also used the skin of animals to hit women, believing it would make them fertile.
Match making games were conducted by drawing out names of women from a jar, and let the owner of the name, coupled with the person who drew the lot for the duration of the festival. This is considered to be a pagan festival.
St. Valentine’s day: In 3rd century A.D, Emperor Claudius II of the Roman empire executed two men of the same name “Valentine” on Feb 14 of different years for their religious beliefs in a cruel way by arresting and dragging them before the authorized senior pupil of Rome and was decapitated (beheaded) to death.
In order to honour and remember the suffering of Valentine, the Roman Catholic Churches started celebrating St. Valentine’s day in memory of Valentine.
Pope Gelasius I of 5th century combined “Feast of Lupercalia” and “St. Valentine’s day” inorder to stop the pagan rituals. Around the same time the Normans celebrated “The Galatin’s day” meaning “Lover of Women”. These three festivals later merged and evolved into one singular day called “Valentine’s day” which is now celebrated as the day of “Love”.