Is it a Pagan Festival or a Primitive 50 Shades of Grey?
In the Pre-Christian era, women were stripped naked and spanked with whips to supposedly increase their fertility…..
Who was St Valentine?
The day gets its name from a famous saint, but there are several stories of who he was. The popular belief about St Valentine is that he was a priest from Rome in the third century AD. Emperor Claudius II had banned marriage because he thought married men were bad soldiers. Valentine felt this was unfair, so he broke the rules and arranged marriages in secret. When Claudius found out, Valentine was thrown in jail and sentenced to death. There, he fell in love with the jailer’s daughter and when he was taken to be killed on 14 February he sent her a love letter signed “from your Valentine”.
How did Valentine’s Day start?
Valentine’s Day is a very old tradition, thought to have originated from a Roman festival. The Romans had a festival called Lupercalia in the middle of February, officially the start of their springtime, a pagan fertility festival. This seems to be the basis for a celebration of love on this date. It was marked in a subtly different way in those days, however…..apparently young men would strip naked and use goat- or dog-skin whips to spank the backsides of young women in order to improve their fertility; an early IVF, if you will. I don’t think that form of fertility treatment is used nowadays!
Sometimes, it is also thought as part of the celebrations, men drew names of women from a box. They’d be boyfriend and girlfriend during the festival and sometimes they would get married. Nowadays, they call that throwing your keys on a table at a party? Or being part of the internet Swingers sites!
Back to the Romans, later on, the church wanted to turn this festival into a Christian celebration and decided to use it to remember St Valentine too.
Gradually, St Valentine’s name started to be used by people to express their feelings to those they loved.The history of St Valentine’s Day: from its pre-Christian origins, involving nudity and whipping, to its present incarnation as a commercial free-for-all driving huge sales of chocolate, flowers and jewellery.
If you are a romantic, Valentine’s Day is a day for people to show their affection for another person by sending cards, flowers or chocolates with messages of love. If you don’t like the commercialism or don’t need a random day in the year to show your love, then you won’t take part, although beware, because even though women, and men, say they don’t want anything, they really do!
And, 9 out of 10 people say they would rather your money is spent wisely, I know Mulberry Purses are a must for most women, but if Mulberry is not on the cards, then do not go down the route of a box of chocolates. It’s February and everyone is still in the New Year Resolution frame of mind where we are trying to be fit and healthy and lose all the Christmas weight, the last thing we want is a box of chocolates! Let’s focus on the Fit and Healthy option…you’ve started running, you’ve joined a gym, you got a Fitbit® for Christmas and you are walking all the time…..so it’s got to be Revs®….the new Revs Reflexology Massage Flip Flops that really do Revitalise Your Sole. Guaranteed to get a good mind and body response and you never know, they may bring out the Emperor or Saint in your partner;) It is amazing what reflexology massage has done for people!
And they also come in Ruby Valentine Red….