Happy Valentines Day!
Valentines Day is typically the day we celebrated love and romance. However, the history behind the holiday can be quiet dark. Unfortunately, nobody knows the origins of this day but most signs point to Ancient Rome. Ancient Rome- where men hit on women by whipping them with the hide of an animal that they had just slain.
From February 13th to 15th, the ancient Romans celebrated the festival of Lupercalia. The men sacrificed a goat and a dog, then proceed to whip women with the hide of that animal. Young women would line up for the men to hit them, believing it would make them fertile. The feat included a matchmaking draw, where man drew the names of women from a jar. The couple was paired and they would remain together for the remainder of the festival.
It is thought ancient Rome also gave us the name of February 14th. Emperor Claudius II executed two men both named Valentines on the same day of two different years. As martyrs they were honored by the Catholic Church with the celebration of St.Valentines Day.
As years passed the popularization of the holiday continued with it being romanticized in the works of Shakespeare and Chaucer. Handmade cards became a token of the day in the Middle Ages. The industrialization began the tradition of factory made cards in the 19th century.