Valentine’s Day is celebrated in many different countries, all of which have their own beliefs about the origin of the holiday. In America, some celebrate Valentine’s Day by buying expensive jewelry, flowers, or candy for their loved ones. I say, stop the spending and materialism and get back to the way it was intended to be spent: naked with your loved one.
Catholics date the origins of Valentine’s Day back to the 3rd Century when two men—both named Valentine—were executed on February 14 of different years. The Catholic Church martyred them for their faith with the celebration of St. Valentine’s Day. But in the 5th Century, the Pope combined St. Valentine’s Day with Lupercalia, the Roman feast of fertility and love.
On February 13-15 Romans would flood the streets naked. Women would line the streets, and the men would whip them with animal pelts, believing that would make the women fertile. The men would then pick a name of a woman out of a jar, and then be partnered with them the rest of the night… wink* wink*
A more common, romanticized origin of Valentine’s Day routes in European literature. One of the first writings about it was in Geoffrey Chaucer’s Parliament of Foules: “For this was Saint Valentine’s Day, when every bird of every kind comes to this place to choose his mate.” In the Middle Ages, England and France believed that the middle of February was when the birds began to mate for the spring. Therefore humans took a cue from nature and found mates during that time as well. Hence why people started sending Valentine’s cards.
No matter how you look at it, Valentine’s Day was never meant to be a materialistic holiday. It was originally meant to be a celebration of fertility, love, finding love, and courting a love. These days we get too wrapped up in the portrayal of holidays on television and in advertisements. Trust your heart this Valentine’s Day. Love to you all.