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.
𝔉𝔢𝔟𝔯𝔲𝔞𝔯𝔶 14𝔱𝔥 – 𝔍𝔲𝔫𝔬 𝔉𝔢𝔟𝔯𝔲𝔞𝔱𝔞 𝔇𝔞𝔶
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.
𝔉𝔢𝔟𝔯𝔲𝔞𝔯𝔶 13𝔱𝔥 𝔱𝔬 15𝔱𝔥 – 𝔏𝔲𝔭𝔢𝔠𝔞𝔩𝔦𝔞
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.
𝔏𝔬𝔳𝔢 𝔦𝔰 𝔟𝔲𝔱 𝔪𝔞𝔡𝔫𝔢𝔰𝔰, 𝔱𝔬 𝔥𝔞𝔳𝔢 𝔞𝔫𝔡 𝔱𝔬 𝔥𝔬𝔩𝔡
𝔩𝔬𝔳𝔢 𝔦𝔰 𝔱𝔥𝔢 𝔟𝔩𝔬𝔬𝔡, 𝔠𝔯𝔦𝔪𝔰𝔬𝔫 𝔞𝔫𝔡 𝔤𝔬𝔩𝔡.
𝔇𝔯𝔲𝔫𝔨 𝔬𝔣 𝔰𝔭𝔦𝔯𝔦𝔱𝔰,
𝔅𝔞𝔠𝔠𝔥𝔲𝔰 𝔱𝔞𝔲𝔫𝔱𝔰, 𝔴𝔦𝔱𝔥 𝔤𝔯𝔞𝔭𝔢 𝔞𝔫𝔡 𝔩𝔶𝔯𝔦𝔠𝔰.
𝔇𝔯𝔦𝔫𝔨 𝔦𝔫 𝔱𝔥𝔢 𝔩𝔞𝔲𝔤𝔥𝔱𝔢𝔯, 𝔰𝔴𝔞𝔩𝔩𝔬𝔴 𝔱𝔥𝔢 𝔟𝔩𝔬𝔬𝔡.
𝔏𝔲𝔭𝔢𝔯𝔠𝔞𝔩𝔦𝔞 𝔦𝔰 𝔲𝔭𝔬𝔫 𝔲𝔰, 𝔦𝔰 𝔦𝔱 𝔩𝔬𝔳𝔢?
𝔉𝔢𝔟𝔯𝔲𝔞𝔯𝔶 14𝔱𝔥 – 𝔙𝔞𝔩𝔢𝔫𝔱𝔦𝔫𝔢𝔰 𝔇𝔞𝔶
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.
𝔗𝔥𝔢 𝔢𝔪𝔢𝔯𝔤𝔦𝔫𝔤 𝔖𝔱.𝔙𝔞𝔩𝔢𝔫𝔱𝔦𝔫𝔢’𝔰 𝔇𝔞𝔶 𝔴𝔞𝔰 𝔠𝔬𝔪𝔟𝔦𝔫𝔢𝔡 𝔴𝔦𝔱𝔥 𝔏𝔲𝔭𝔢𝔯𝔠𝔞𝔩𝔦𝔞 𝔦𝔫 𝔞𝔫 𝔢𝔣𝔣𝔬𝔯𝔱 𝔱𝔬 ℭ𝔥𝔯𝔦𝔰𝔱𝔦𝔞𝔫𝔦𝔷𝔢 𝔞𝔫𝔡 𝔭𝔯𝔢-𝔢𝔪𝔭𝔱 𝔱𝔥𝔢 𝔭𝔞𝔤𝔞𝔫 𝔯𝔦𝔱𝔲𝔞𝔩𝔰, 𝔟𝔲𝔱 𝔱𝔥𝔢 𝔬𝔳𝔢𝔯𝔱𝔬𝔫𝔢𝔰 𝔬𝔣 𝔩𝔬𝔳𝔢 𝔞𝔫𝔡 𝔣𝔢𝔯𝔱𝔦𝔩𝔦𝔱𝔶 𝔞𝔯𝔢 𝔰𝔱𝔦𝔩𝔩 𝔳𝔢𝔯𝔶 𝔪𝔲𝔠𝔥 𝔦𝔫 𝔢𝔳𝔦𝔡𝔢𝔫𝔠𝔢.