The Myth behind Valentine’s Day (History and Truth)brendasisse | 12.02.2021 | 0 | 237 INSIDER with Kampii , Trending
Valentine’s day aka “Lover’s Day” is a day celebrated worldwide where candy, flowers, and gifts are exchanged between loved ones, all in the name of Saint Valentine. This feast usually occurs on February 14. The Myth behind Valentine’s Day (History and Truth)
But who is this mysterious Saint, where did these traditions come from and how did he become associated with these ancient rites?
Just keep on scrolling because this will be getting interesting…🤗
- SAINT VALENTINE
There are several legends surrounding the life of Saint Valentine.
The most common is that on February 14 during the 3rd century A.D., a man named Valentine was executed by the Roman Emperor Claudius II after being imprisoned for assisting persecuted Christians and secretly marrying Christian couples in love which was totally outlawed by the Emperor back then. He was condemned to death and his death sentence was decapitation.
Another legend also tells of a story that happened during Valentine’s imprisonment after he had tutored a girl named Julia, the blind daughter of his jailer. The legend states God restored Julia’s sight after she and Valentine prayed together. On the eve of his execution, Valentine left a note to Julia and signed it “From your Valentine”.
The Valentine spoken about above are said to be two different men who were both killed on the same day at different Eras by Emperor Claudius II.
Due to Valentine’s genuine relationship with God, God worked through him, making him perform miracles and also teach people how to recognize and experience love.
He was then named a Saint after his death by the Catholic Church and every 14th of February was celebrated in remembrance of his execution.
Lupercalia was an ancient pagan festival held each year in Rome on February 15. Its origins have been traced back to the 6th century B.C.
Lupercalia was a bloody, violent, and sexually charged celebration awash with animal sacrifice, random matchmaking, and coupling in the hopes of getting off evil spirits and infertility.
Before the feast actually begins, one or more male goats and a dog get sacrificed at the Lupercal cave in Rome. The sacrifice gets performed by a group of Roman priests called Luperci. Goat hide from the newly sacrificed goats were held by the Luperci who were almost or entirely naked, running around the Palatine, whipping women who gladly welcomed these laches as it was believed to be a fertility rite.
Later on, single women will place their names in a jar which will be randomly handpicked by the men so they could couple during the festival. Most of these couples at times fell in love with each other and got married.
- VALENTINE’S DAY
Now you should be puzzled about how Saint Valentine and the festival of Lupercalia relates to Valentine’s Day… Actually, Valentine’s day is an offshoot of Lupercalia.
Thanks to Saint Valentine’s reputation as the “patron of lovers”, he became synonymous with romance. Also, since the festival of Lupercalia was all about love too but was a pagan celebration, Pope Gelasius I in the late 5th century A.D. eliminated such practice. In order to Christianize the pagan celebration of Lupercalia, he declared the 14th of February a day to celebrate the martyrdom of Saint Valentine.
The true meaning behind the Red and White color used during Valentine’s Day:
Valentine’s day uses some of Lupercalia’s symbols such as the color red which represents sacrifice during Lupercalia and the color white which signifies the milk used to wipe the blood clean and represents new life and procreation.
*Guess now you know why you putting on Red and White on Val’s day😉.
Valentine’s Day throughout the ages has gradually been reinvented and its dark side has slowly been forgotten by many.
Many people today remember Valentine’s Day as a day to celebrate love and romance because Saint Valentine himself was a patron of lovers.
So before we jump into buying roses, gift cards, and chocolate on February 14, let’s take a moment of silence and commemorate the martyrdom of the man named Valentine who is at the origin of this beautiful day we so love to celebrate.
Hope this was useful and it got you all edified about so many unanswered questions.
Happy Valentine’s Day to you from this end❤️🌹. Much love🥰. Have a blast day😘.