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The Dark Origins of Valentine's Day

Radio ShowGuest Writer


Love, Love, Love

Today is one of my favorite holidays. Though Valentine's Day has some interesting history and context in our modern world. I've always loved the sentiment of celebrating LOVE and the coming of spring.  

{This is one of my Handmade Valentines, and homemade Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, in a pink glitter oyster pail for one of my best friends.  Smile.}

{This is one of my Handmade Valentines, and homemade Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, in a pink glitter oyster pail for one of my best friends.  Smile.}

Even as an adult I still enjoy making handmade Valentine's for my loved ones. 

St. Valentine's day shares the same date as Lupercalia, a very ancient, possibly pre-Roman pastoral festival, observed on February 13 through 15 to avert evil spirits and purify, releasing health and fertility. Lupercalia subsumed Februa, an earlier-origin spring cleansing ritual held on the same date, which gives the month of February (Februarius) its name. 

For more interesting reading: 

 The Dark Origins of Valentine's Day NPR

And Valentine's Day: Why Do We Celebrate It? (Hint: Naked Romans)

Why I give a F*CK About Valentine's Day : and Maybe Why You Should too?
 

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