Like many of our traditional holidays, Valentine’s Day has origins that don’t really have much to do with the love and joy that we associate with it today. Its origins don’t have much to do with the cute SpongeBob SquarePants cards you send to school with your second grader!

Lupercalia

In ancient Rome from February 13-15, the citizens engaged in a rite that was intended to increase fertility. Although the link between Lupercalia and our modern Valentine’s Day is disputed, during these two days, available men and women would be matched and animal sacrifices would be made to guarantee that the union of the participants would be fruitful. (more…)

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