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February 2, 2017
The Dark History of Valentine’s Day
Valentine’s Day is a time to celebrate romance and love and kissy-face fealty, right? But the origins of this festival of candy, cupids, and heart are actually dark, bloody, and a bit muddled.
Although no one has pinpointed the origin of Valentine ’s Day, one good place to start is ancient Rome where men hit on women by, well, hitting them on the head, and other places.
February 13-15, the Romans celebrated the feast of Lupercalia. Men sacrificed a goat and a dog, then whipped women with the hides of the animals they had just killed. Women would line up for men to hit them. They believed this would make them fertile. This holiday even included a matchmaking lottery, in which men drew the names of women from a jar. The couple would then be coupled for the duration of the festival-possibly longer, if the match worked.
But where did the name come from? Emperor Claudius II executed two men-both names Valentine-on February 14 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.
It all ended up being a festival of love, drinking, cards, roses, and everyone had to put their clothes back on.
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