To honor the month of LOVE, I’ll be posting some history and lore about Valentine’s Day. Let’s go back in time to start:
It is said: Valentine’s Day started in the time of the Roman Empire. In ancient Rome, February 14th was a holiday to honor Juno. Juno was the Queen of the Roman Gods and Goddesses. The Romans also knew her as the Goddess of women and marriage. The following day, February 15th, began the Feast of Lupercalia.
The lives of young boys and girls were strictly separate. However, one of the customs of the young people was name drawing. On the eve of the festival of Lupercalia the names of Roman girls were written on slips of paper and placed into jars. Each young man would draw a girl’s name from the jar and would then be partners for the duration of the festival with the girl whom he chose. Sometimes the pairing of the children lasted an entire year, and often they would fall in love and would later marry.
Don’t be shy, share in a comment – Gentlemen, whose name would you have wanted to draw back in the day? Ladies, who would you have hoped to partner in your teenage years?