St. Valentine’s Day
St. Valentine’s Day is a festival of love that amalgamates the Pagan traditions of Rome and northern Europe. Valentine’s Day has it origins in the Roman festival of Lupercalia (15 February) honoring Juno and Pan. During this time, unwed women obtained lovers by a form of lottery.
One myth recounts how a bishop named Valentine had conducted weddings for Roman soldiers against an order of Claudius II forbidding them to marry. When he was condemned to death, he cured the judge’s daughter of blindness and then sent her a letter signed, ‘your Valentine.”