Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Happy St Valentine's Day

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Happy St Valentine's Day!  The history of this day goes back a long way and was not always associated with flowers and chocolates!

The Catholic Church recognizes at least three different saints named Valentine, all of whom were martyred. Although the truth behind the Valentine legends is murky, the stories all tell of a heroic and romantic figure.

Others believe that the Christian church decided to place St. Valentine’s  day in the middle of February to “Christianise” the pagan celebration of Lupercalia, a fertility festival dedicated to Faunus, the Roman god of agriculture, as well as to the Roman founders Romulus and Remus.

Valentine greetings were popular as far back as the Middle Ages, though written Valentine’s didn’t begin to appear until after 1400.

So whether or not you choose to celebrate, enjoy the day and tell someone you love them.

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