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February throughout history has been known as the month of love. It is a time when the Earth is at its most fertile, plants and flower are getting ready to shoot up, farmers are getting ready for lambing and chick season, animals will come out of hibernation and start looking for a mate.

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Ancient Romans celebrated a holiday on February 14th to honour the Goddess Juno who is the queen of the Roman Gods. She is also the Goddess of child birth and marriage. In this ritual women would put their name in a box and men would draw out a name then the two would be coupled for the duration of the festival. This festival was to promote marriage and fertility and any of the people who were coupled went on to marry.

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Romans celebrated Lupercalia a 3 day holiday that celebrated the Faunus the God of fertility. Men would go to a cave dedicated to Lupercal, the Wolf God. Located at the foot of Palatine Hill believed to be the birth place of Romulus and Remus the founders of Rome, who were suckled by a she-Wolf. The men would sacrifice a goat and then don it’s skin then run around towns and villages whipping men and women with a whip made from the goats skin. This was said to be a blessing of fertility to who ever was whipped. This would be big parties and a three day feat to celebrate Lupercalia. The ancient festival Lupercalia is also said to purify the community and send evil spirits packing. This festival is meant to cloak its people in health and fertility in the coming Spring.

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Christians or should I say the church do not celebrate St Valentine’s Day or even acknowledge it on their calendar as they do not believe Valentines was a saint and they call the holiday a Pagan festival. A lot of priests frown upon any of their flock who celebrate the day. Valentines day gets it’s name from a priest called Valentine, who was performing secret marriages so young men didn’t have to go to war (married men who were drafted at the time didn’t have to go to war) When he was found out he was sent to prison to be beheaded by the church for his crimes. While in prison awaiting his fate, he fell in love with a servant girl, they passed notes to each other and on the notes they signed them anonymous to keep their love secret. This is why we sent Valentine’s cards anonymously.

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