A reminder to all husbands, fiancees, and boyfriends: Valentine’s Day is in just 10 days! If you have yet to make a reservation to your sweetheart’s favorite restaurant, I would suggest you do so now, because they’re filling up quick! In addition, men, make an attempt to buy some quality chocolates instead of rushing to Walgreen’s after work to buy the usual Whitman’s Sampler. And ladies, this year you could try a DIY, Pinterest-inspired project: a homemade coupon book. Stuff it with offers for free back massages, breakfast in bed, days devoted to cuddling, you name it! Your man will love something other than the usual shimmery card filled with syrupy poems and a lot of pink. Even better, you could buy your hubby this gorgeous Valentine’s Day flag! But those are just suggestions. I’m sure she’ll love her Whitman’s, and I am certain that he’ll adore his card, as long as there’s true love behind it.
Now onto the good stuff; a brief history of Valentine’s Day. The heart-filled, chocolate covered holiday we have now is actually derived from ancient Christian and Roman traditions. But the origins of the holiday are actually based on the “Christianization” of a pagan fertility festival called Lupercalia. It was dedicated to Faunus, the Roman god of agriculture, as well as to the Roman founders Romulus and Remus. The celebration consisted of animal sacrifices and slapping of crop fields and women (who actually welcomed it). As the day proceeded, the young women in the city would place their names in a large jar. The city’s hottest bachelors would each choose a name and become paired for the year with his chosen woman. These matches often ended in marriage.
Wondering how that turned into the modern holiday? Check out The History Channel’s more in-depth video about the history of Valentine’s Day:
Wishing you lots of love and kisses this Valentines Day,
(Newest team member at ABOUT FLAGS!)