Valentine Day is an amazing time to celebrate love and romance. A time when people who are in love take some time together and sped up with them. A moment away from their hectic and monotonous lives of their and enjoy the day with the company. This is awaited by all the lovebirds all over the world, but the origin to this holiday is dark and gross, often very confusing. Considering all the stories we have heard, well one thing we are sure about, Rome is a good place to start all of this origin hunt, because that’s where Shakespeare and Chaucer wrote above live and romance which made people fall for Romance the way it is today, and Valentine’s Day.
These ancient Romans celebrated the feast of Lupercalia, from February 13 to February 15. The men sacrificed a dog and a goat and whipped women with the hides of these sacrificed animals. The men were naked and drunk. Women would actually line up for the men to hit them because they believed that it would make them fertile. The men have a draw of a lot with the names of women. They would match up with the woman whose name they dare out this match is kept as long as the festival or even longer.
The name comes from the great Roman Emperor, Emperor Claudius II, who executed two men, both caller Valentine, on each February 14, of the Roman year. Their martyrdom was honored at the church on St. Valentine’s Day. Later Pope Gelasius I muddled things when he combined St. Valentine’s Day with Lupercalia feast. They, the Christians, put back on the clothes but that didn’t stop it from being a festival of love and fertility.
As the years passed on, the holiday started to gain a lot of popularity by the world of Chaucer and William Shakespeare. This made an imprint on the minds of people about the holiday of Valentine’s Day. The tradition of giving love cards began, and it came to the industrial revolution, which made it very popular all the world, the gifting of cards tradition.
The celebration is varying for different people. Some buy gifts and cards for their loved ones, some celebrate it along with a SAD fave, (Singleness Awareness Day) LOL, while might still be interested in celebrating it the way ancient Romans did, but let’s not go there.