Valentine’s Day is a great time to celebrate romance and love. Though the origins of this festival of sugar treats and cupid angels are actually rather dark, bloody and a little confusing. Though it is difficult to pinpoint the exact beginnings of the holiday, a good place to start is ancient Rome.
The Wild Romans
In February from 13th to the 15th, the Romans celebrated the feast of Lupercalia. Where the men sacrificed a goat and a dog, then whipped women with the hides of the animals they had just slain.
Who is St Valentine?
The Christian basis of the holiday is the celebration of a martyred saint. But here’s the thing: we don’t know which saint. There are a few different saints named Valentine that could potentially fit the bill. There aren’t enough historical records to make the determination of who is who.
The Day to Propose
Nowadays it seems like this is one of the key days to propose to your loved one with the hope they say yes to the ring!
Grade School Kids
Of course for kids at grade school, Valentines is another exciting holiday with the tradition of giving out candy and cards to there classmates. This results in a great big haul of candy which is pleasing to most kids!
Enjoy your valentines however you may be celebrating with heart-shaped cookies, chocolates with loved ones or lobsters and champagne!