February 1

by Barrett Bartels February 01, 2017

February 1

History Tuesday (a day late because that's how things are this week πŸ™„πŸ˜‰):
Do you know how Valentine's Day began?
πŸ’•Ancient Romans celebrated Lupercalia on February 15th. This holiday was a festival of fertility dedicated to their god of agriculture and the Roman founders. πŸ’•The Pope declared February 14th St Valentine's Day in the 5th century
πŸ’•St Valentine is a man of mystery. He could have been a third century priest who continued to marry young lovers even after the Emperor outlawed marriage in order to have better soldiers. πŸ’•Or he could have been someone who help Christians to escape Roman prisons where they were abused and tortured. πŸ’•Or he was possibly a prisoner who sent the first valentine after he fell in love with a young girl (possibly the jailer's daughter)
πŸ’•The oldest known valentine dates back to 1415 and was from Charles, Duke of Orleans to his wife while he was imprisoned. πŸ’•Valentine's Day continued to grow into the commercial holiday it is today. πŸ’•Now you know! Happy Valentine's Day!



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