Valentine's Day Origin

In Ancient Rome, Lupercalia, observed February 13 through 15, was an archaic rite connected to fertility. Lupercalia was a festival local to the city of Rome. The more general Festival of Juno Februa, meaning "Juno the purifier "or "the chaste Juno," was celebrated on February 13-14. Pope Gelasius I (492-496) abolished Lupercalia.

 It is a common opinion that the Christian church may have decided to celebrate Valentine's feast day in the middle of February in an effort to Christianize celebrations of the pagan Lupercalia, and that a commemorative feast was established in 496 by Pope Gelasius I, of those "... whose names are justly reverenced among men, but whose acts are known only to God," among whom was Valentine, was set for the useful day. Alternatively, William M. Green argues that the Catholic Church could not abolish the deeply rooted Lupercalia festival, so the church set aside a day to honor the Virgin Mary.



koyptakh koyptakh
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3 Responses Feb 14, 2010

Hi Literaturegirl<br />
glad you like it! The past is all around us woven into the present. I have an 800 year old oak wall in my house! I know its age because it came from a house built at the same time as a castle in 1284. It is a wonderful thing to look at!<br />

Hi amyMA<br />
I am fascinated how much of The Present is rooted in The Past. it is like how banks and Government buildings are built to look like old Roman and Greek buildings. Churches a built on the sites of old religious buildings. Even modern words like the days of the week or names of Months come from The Ancient World!<br />