Where Did Valentine’s Day Come From?

Are you a romantic? If you’re married or in a relationship you may want to start doing some serious thought about finding the romantic in yourself before February 14th. That is when Valentines falls and there are some days you just need to be a bit of a brown noser and don’t forget. So, where did this annual ‘love’ day come from? Like most traditions which originated in the early ages, the actual origins are obscured by time and lack of definitive records. Since most legends tend to contain at least of grain of truth it appears that basis for the day originated ancient Greece and also draws from Roman times.The Greeks dedicated the period from about mid-January to mid-February to celebrate the marriage of the gods Zeus & Hera. The Romans held a festival on Feb 15 called Lupercalia to celebrate Lupercus, the god of fertility. On that day the priests would sacrifice goats in Lupercus’ honour and after drinking wine would run through the streets holding goatskins above their heads touching any who wished to be touched. Women touched with the goatskin were believed to be then blessed with fertility and would have easy childbirth. It is widely believed that it was pagan festivals like these that Pope Gelasis I wanted to put an end to when he declared in 496 that February 14th was to be...

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