As it is Valentine's Day, I thought I would talk some about the actual history of the day.
Valentine's Day started out as an ancient Roman festival, Lupercalia. Lupercalia was a fertility festival, celebrated on February 15. In 496, Pope Gelasius 1 made the day a Christian feast, honoring St. Valentine and moving it to the date we now know, February 14.
Pope Gelasius 1 did not make clear which St. Valentine he was speaking of and it turns out, with further digging, that there were at least 3 different St. Valentines that he could have been referring to. All had been martyred on February 14. One story says that Valentine was a prisoner and fell in love with the daughter of the jailer. Prior to being executed, Valentine wrote a letter to her and signed it, "from your Valentine."
It was not until the 14th century that love was associated with Valentine's Day. Chaucer wrote a poem to honor the marriage of Richard the second and Anne of Bohemia.
Many of us have come to think that Valentine's Day is only for those of us who have 'partners'. While that, in a sense, is true, I feel differently. Love for someone should not be kept for a special day or be shown by giving flowers and candy. While I love getting flowers and yummy chocolate, it should be more about everyday love. Telling someone how nice they look, putting a little extra time in the meal you serve, talking to an old friend. Love can be shown in so many ways and we need to treat everyday as though it was Valentine's Day.
I want to leave you with something I saw on this morning. Go to cocorosetextiles.blogspot.com and click on her youtube link. Or, for those of you who would like to go to youtube directly, type in Turning Page by Sleeping At Last. It is a wonderful slow and meaning song.
I wish all of you a Happy Valentine's Day, today and every day.