This day was believed to have begun from the pagan custom of the Fourth Century B.C. when festivals of Purification were celebrated in Ancient Rome. And of course this was also the time the males celebrated their rite of passage which involved animal sacrifices and fertility rituals. (Now we know why the male needs to make up for their past behavior). Then, with the advent of Christianity, priests attempted to replace such ancient heathen practices. In the Fifth Century A.D., the Church resolved to abolish this pagan celebration by creating its own holiday around the same date and selecting a saint who was remembered for his devotion to love. However, in order to lend to the festivities Christian meaning and eliminate the pagan overtones, the drawings of saints’ names were substituted for the names of unmarried girls. Their names were placed into an urn or box and then young men drew a name from the container. During the year which followed, the men were supposed to emulate the life of the Priest name chosen. (OMG) can you imagine?
In A.D. 496, Pope Gelasius outlawed the Lupercian Festival, but cleverly retained the Juno Februata lottery. The Roman's became impatient. Regrouping, they began their own ritual, and started handwriting notes of affection to their chosen females (and possibly males). on the date February 14. Then in the Fourteenth Century the Church stepped back and started replacing the priest’s names with the girl’s names once again. Finally in the Sixteenth Century the Church found a suitable Saint to replace the perceived heathen Lupercus. So they (in) hailed Saint Valentine. lol (Ping Pong anyone)?
(Lord why the drama)?
Then Hallmark came around.
Buy a card! Send candies, buy flowers and go out to dinner. Yeah!!
A bit of useless trivia;
*Approximately 110 million roses will be sold to men. The majority of the roses will be red. (Red is the favorite and the most chosen during the Valentine's Day celebrations).
*Alexander Graham Bell applied for his patent on the telephone on Valentine's Day in 1876.
*The favorite colors associated with Valentine's Day are pink, red and white.