When people think about Valentine’s Day they think about candy, flowers, jewelry, or romantic dinners. What people don’t know is the origins of Valentine’s Day. It all started as a pagan festival called Lupercalia.
Lupercalia is a fertility festival for the god of agriculture, Faunus and the founders of Rome, Romulus and Remus. They started the festival by going to a sacred cave were the founders lived. Then the priest would sacrifice a goat for fertility and dog for purification. After that they stripped the hide of the goat and put it in the sacrificial blood. Then they slapped the crops with the hide.
Pope Gelasius wanted to Christianize the festival and called it Saint Valentine’s Day. He picked that day because they believed that birds mated that day, which added the idea of love and romance to the holiday. There is a big mystery of the founder of the celebration because there were a lot of priests called Valentine. No one really knows a lot about the founder like what country he was from.