Valentine's Day in todays world is regarded as a time to celebrate romance and love and kissy-face fealty. But the origins of this festival of candy and cupids are actually dark, bloody and a bit muddled. 

Though no onne has pinpointed the exact origin of the holiday, one good place to start is ancient Rome, where men hit onn women by, well hitting them.

Romans Whipping the women with animal spectals

From February 13 to 15th in the Romans age, they celebrated a feast called Lupercalia. The men sacrificed a goat and a dog. The men whipped women with the hides of the animals they had already killed.

The Roman romantics were drunked during those acts. They were naked, says Noel Lenski, a historian at the University of colorado at Boulder. Young women would actually line up for the men to hit them, Lenski says. They believed this would make them fertile.

The brutal fete included a matchmaking lottery, in which young men drew the names of women from a jar. The couple would then be, coupled up for the duration of the festival or longer than that, if the match was right.

The ancient Romans may also be responsible for the name of our modern day of love. 

The history starts from when Emperor Claudius II, executed two men-- both named Valentine--on February, 14th of different years in the 3rd century A.D. Their martyrdom was honored by the Catholic church with the celebration of St. Valentine's Day.

Later, the current pope of that time, Pope Gelasius I muddled things in the 5th century by combining St. Valentine's Day with Lupercalia to expel the pagan rituals. But the festival was more of a theatrical interpretation of what it had once been. Lenski added that It was a little more of a drunken revel, but the Christians put clothes back on it. That didn't stop it from being a day of fertility and love.

History of Valentine's Day

Around the same time, the Normans celebrated Galatin's Day. Galatin meant lover of women. That was likely confused with St. Valentiine's Day at some poinit, in part becuase they sound alike.

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Published on 15th, Feb 2021

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