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Valentine’s Day’s Suspicious Origins

Valentine’s Day is a day dedicated to love, passion, and kissy-face loyalty. The origins of this candy and cupids event, however, are dark, gory, and a little confusing.Though no one knows for sure where the holiday originated, one decent place to start is ancient Rome, where men courted women by, well, courting them.

Those Irrational Romans

The feast of Lupercalia was observed by the Romans from February 13 to 15. The men killed a goat and a dog, then whipped women with the hides of the animals.

The romantics of Rome “were inebriated They were completely bare “Noel Lenski, a historian at the University of Colorado in Boulder, believes this. According to Lenski, young women would actually line up for the men to hit them. They believed that by doing so, they would become fruitful.

A matchmaking lottery, in which young men drew the names of ladies from a jar, was part of the gruesome event. The couple would then be partnered for the remainder of the festival — or even longer if the match seemed right.

The name of our current day of love could possibly be traced back to the ancient Romans. On February 14 of various years in the 3rd century A.D., Emperor Claudius II executed two individuals, both named Valentine. The Catholic Church commemorated their martyrdom by celebrating St. Valentine’s Day.

Later, in the 5th century, Pope Gelasius I muddled things by combining St. Valentine’s Day and Lupercalia to expel the pagan rituals. The festival, on the other hand, was more of a theatrical version of what it used to be. Lenski continues, “It had become a little more of a drunken bash, but the Christians dressed it up again. That didn’t change the fact that it was a day of fertility and love.”

Galatin’s Day was observed by the Normans at the same time. “Lover of women” was Galatin’s meaning. Because they sound similar, it’s possible that this was mistaken for St. Valentine’s Day at some point.

In Love with Shakespeare

The holiday became more enjoyable as the years passed. It acquired popularity throughout Britain and Europe after Chaucer and Shakespeare idealized it in their works. In the Middle Ages, handmade paper cards became the “it” token.

Is it possible for you to be mine? Nope. This Valentine’s Day, sweetheart candies are hard to come by.


Is it possible for you to be mine? Nope. This Valentine’s Day, sweetheart candies are hard to come by.

The ritual eventually found its way to the New World. In the nineteenth century, the industrial revolution ushered in factory-made cards. In 1913, Kansas City, Missouri-based Hallmark Cards began mass-producing valentines. Since then, February hasn’t been the same.

The holiday is now huge business: last year’s Valentine’s Day sales were $17.6 billion, according to market research firm IBIS World, and this year’s sales are predicted to be $18.6 billion.

However, for many, commercialisation has ruined the day. We only have ourselves to blame, according to Helen Fisher, a sociologist at Rutgers University.

She says, “This isn’t a command performance.” “If no one wanted to purchase Hallmark cards, no one would buy them, and Hallmark would go out of business.”

As a result, Valentine’s Day is still celebrated in a variety of ways. Many people will spend a lot of money on jewelry and flowers for their loved ones. Others will observe Single Awareness Day (SAD) by dining alone and indulging in self-gifted chocolates. A few people may even be celebrating this day in the same way that the ancient Romans did. But let’s not go there right now.



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