Valentine Countdown | Love

So, Valentine’s Day??

Before you say anything along the lines of ‘UGH I hate Valentine’s day,’ take a moment to consider a different point of view. Yes, you can hate the stupid candy hearts and the lovey dovey couples. No, you shouldn’t write it off completely. Something I tell all my friends that have this complacent attitude about February 14th is “Everybody loves somebody.” When they start to protest (or roll their eyes) I follow up with, “do you love your parents, best friend, or siblings? Who do you love?”

Everybody loves somebody.

Use this day as a celebration of love and close relationships. It is a day to tell someone that you value you them. Not that you can’t do that every day, but it is more fun when you have a reason.

To countdown the week to Valentine’s Day I thought I would give you some fun facts. There are many theories about who St. Valentine truly was. In fact, it is possible that there were many people with that name that were all martyred for different reasons.

HISTORY (Seriously, this is cool stuff)

Story 1: Valentine was a priest from 3rd century Rome. It is said that Emperor Claudius II thought single men made better warriors than married men so he outlawed marriage for young men. Valentine, disagreeing with Claudius, performed marriage ceremonies in secret. When he was discovered, he was put to death.

Story 2: To Christianize the celebration of St. Valentine, Christian churches associated it with Lupercalia. Lupercalia was a fertility festival dedicated to Faunus, the Roman god of agriculture, as well as to the Roman founders Romulus and Remus. Roman priests would go to the cave where, supposedly, the infants Remus and Romulus were first cared for by the she-wolf lupa. They would sacrifice animals and touch crops and women with it, thinking the touch would help their fertility. Later, the women would put their name in an urn and be matched with a man that often ended in marriage.

Now, I could be wrong on this. But doesn’t it seem a little fishy/awesome that the names Remus, Romulus and Lupa all sound very close to the names Lupin, Remus (obviously), from Harry Potter? AND Lupin, in the stories, change into a wolf (compared to the Valentine story how he was raised by a wolf). Nerding out right about now.

As you can see, the history of Valentine’s day is way cooler than the frilly bears and candies. It is about a Christian man that wanted good for other people. I think it’s safe to say that my theory ‘Everybody loves somebody’ translates into ‘love others.’

Keep following Love Lemon for more Valentine’s facts this week.

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