Monday, February 14, 2011

Valentine's Day wasn't Hallmark's creation

February 14th romance and Valentine's Day date back further than you may think. The Roman celebration Lupercalia was celebrated on February 15. This celebration was the unofficial beginning of Spring. The Roman God Faunus representing fertility was honored.
Later this celebration became associated with Christan and Catholic customs. According to some folklore, Emperor Claudius II also known as Claudius the cruel banned all marriages for soldiers. Unwed soldiers fought better in his opinion. A Priest Valentine secretly wed the soldiers. He was thrown in jail. He wrote a note to his beloved " Farewell from your Valentine". He later became St. Valentine and Christian customs absorbed the Pagan ones.
For more information and fun folklore check out Greetings with Love The Book of Valentine's by Michele Karl.
The Valentine's above my son made for his Grandma. That's a love bug and a Heart Guy!
Wishing you all a very Happy Valentine's Day!


Lisa said...

THat love bug is worthy of framing! It's true...Love!

Happy Valentines Day, Becca.

lots of hugs,

Malissa said...

That is a pretty sweet card! And very interesting facts about Valentine!

Caroline said...

Cute Valentines! Happy Valentines day :)

Jessica Penot said...

I love holiday histories. Great post

Dede said...

I bet grandma loved her card! I know that I loved all of mine! Hope that you had a wonderful Valentine's day!