Love it or hate it, Valentines Day has a pretty cool history behind it. While no one is quite sure how it originated, one thing is generally agreed upon, February is the month of love!
Probably the strangest, and therefore our favorite story is how the Romans did it up. According to the History Channel, Romans celebrated at the ides of February, or February 15. Lupercalia was a fertility festival dedicated to Faunus, the Roman god of agriculture, as well as to the Roman founders Romulus and Remus.
Now here is where it gets weird. Roman priests would sacrifice a goat for fertillity, and a dog for purity. They would skin the goat, and take strips of the flesh and slap fields and women with it because they believed it would make them fertile.
Later in the day, according to legend, all the young women in the city would place their names in a big urn. The city’s bachelors would each choose a name and become paired for the year with his chosen woman. These matches often ended in marriage.
Aw.. true love!
In the end Lupercalia was outlawed by Christianity. Still we celebrate this day with loved ones, and hopefully pomegranate wine!
Happy Valentines Day!