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!