Those looking for the origins of Valentine’s Day inevitably encounter the ancient Roman festival of Lupercalia.
Lupercalia was a very ancient festival observed on February 13th through to the 15th to avert evil spirits and purify the city releasing health and fertility. Lupercalia subsumed Februa, an earlier-origin spring cleansing ritual held on the same date which gives the month of February (Februarius) its name. It is also a date to honor the Goddess Juno who is the Goddess of fertility, child birth and marriage.
Lupercalia was a 3 day festival of love, when young unmarried couples would pair up for the duration of the festival, there would be games and lots of fun through the streets. Young men would wear the skins of different animals and run around the streets whipping people with the skin of a goat, this was said to promote fertility as goats were seen as animal of fertility and were the patron animal of the Satyr Pan and God of wolves Faunus. There would be parties and orgies and a great feast that would last the 3 days.
Lupercalia is one of the most ancient holidays known to man, it is celebrated to honor Romulus and Remus the founders of Rome who were said to have been born of a she-wolf and suckled on her teet. The festival would start off in the cave where Romulus and Remus were born. It is primarily a fertility festival, as the earth at this time is at it’s most fertile. Lupercalia is a festival to celebrate life, rebirth and sexuality.
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