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saint valentin

History of St Valentines Day

Valentine's Day - the popular
festival of love and romances traces
its origin to ancient Roman festival
and has not been created by card
companies as some people believe
it to be. There are various legends
associated with the festival along
with the belief that birds began to
mate from this day. Popularity of
the Valentine's Day festival stems
from the combined effects of all
these legends, beliefs and of course
the wish to glorify the unparalleled
feeling of love.
Feast of Lupercalia
Historians trace the origin of
Valentine's Day to ancient Roman
Empire. It is said that in the Rome
of ancient times people observed a
holiday on February 14th to honor
Juno - the Queen of Roman Gods
and Goddesses. The Romans also
regarded Juno as the Goddess of
Women and Marriage. On the
following day, February 15th began
the fertility festival called 'Feast of
Lupercalia'. The festival of
Lupercalia was celebrated to honor
the Gods Lupercus and Faunus -
the Roman God of Agriculture
besides the legendary founders of
Rome, Romulus and Remus.
An interesting custom was
followed in the Feast of Lupercalia
to bring together young boys and
girls who otherwise were strictly
separated. On the eve of the
festival names of young Roman
girls were written on a slip of paper
and placed into jars. Each young
man drew out a girl's name from
the jar and was paired with the girl
for the duration of Lupercalia.
Sometime pairing lasted for a year
until next year's celebration. Quite
often, the couple would fall in love
with each other and later marry.
The custom lasted for a long time
until people felt that the custom
was un-Christian and that mates
should be chosen by sight, not luck.
Defiance by Saint Valentine
The pairing of young boys and girls
did set the mood of the Valentine's
Day Festival as we know today. But
it was actually due to the efforts
and daring of a priest St Valentine
that the festival got its name and
clearer meaning. The...

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