What is Valentine’s Day? Many of us know it as the holiday retailers use to sell hearts, chocolates, and cards. However, we may not know the history behind this romantic celebration. Today we’ll take a look at the history behind Valentine’s Day.
In Ancient Rome, Lupercalia took place between February 13th and 15th. This was an event during which men sacrificed goats and dogs and would hit the women they were interested in with the hides of the slain animals. Although it isn’t something that would be very popular today, back then, women thought that being hit by these animal skins would make them fertile.
The reason behind the name of Valentine is that Emperor Claudius executed two men named Valentine on February 14th, of different years. The Catholic church honored these martyrs on Valentine’s Day, February 14th.
Pope Gelasius I combined Valentine’s Day and Lupercalia in order to dissipate the rituals that took place on this date. The reason the day has become a romantic celebration is due to Shakespeare and Chauncer who romanticized the date in their work. Today it has become one of the most popular holidays, bringing in billions of dollars (NPR).
Instead of getting your loved one cards, chocolates, or fancy dinners this February, we want you to think of other ways you can show those you love that you care about them. This can be as simple as giving your kid a hug when they get back from school, reading a book as a family, or teaching someone a new skill.
So, instead of showering your loved ones with gifts, this Valentine’s Day we challenge you to teach your loved ones something new.