The True Meaning Behind Valentine’s

Valentine’s day is also called St. Valentine day, it is a day in which lovers show their affection by going on a date, or exchanging gifts. It is believed that Valentines originated in the Roman festival of Lupercalia in mid-February. This festival was celebrated because of the coming of spring. During the festival, there were a series of events such as:

The men sacrificed a goat and a dog, then they would hit the women with the hides of the animals they had just killed. Young women would actually line up for the men to hit them because they believed this would make them fertile. 

During this festival, there was another event in which women were paired with men by lottery. Once the men chose the women then they could decide if they managed to stay together  until the end of the festival, if the society and the family thought that they were a good match they would be forced to marry each other and last forever. At the end of the 5th century, the pope forbid the festival of Lupercalia and replaced it with  St. Valentine’s day. 

Around the same time, the Normans celebrated Galatin’s Day. Gelatin meant “lover of women.” That was likely confused with St. Valentine’s Day at some point, in part because they sound alike. Valentine’s day was not truly celebrated as a day of romance until the 14th century. 

There are multiple theories of the origin of Valentines, but this is qualified as the most reasonable, truth worthy, and it is also one of the most popular ones. 

Nowadays Valentines is celebrated in a completely different way. It is a day in which lovers, friends, and family express their love towards each other, by going on dates, exchanging gifts, watching movies, and many other things. Every year on 14 February people celebrate this day.


Isabella Navarro

Hi, my name is Isabella Navarro, I’m in 10th grade, I love cooking, I’m from La Paz, Bolivia. A word that would describe me is caring.

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