Facts: Stripping for Valentine

Valentine’s Day Origin:
February 13th to 15th

Lupercalia, the Roman feast
Held to avert evil spirit and beast
To release health and fertility
And purify the city

Given sound advice
The priests would sacrifice
a goat for fertility,
and a dog for purity.

They then made strips from goat skin
Took sacrificial blood and dipped them in
Then went about slapping women
and crops again and again

What’s not to like
women welcomed each bloody strike
Because they knew the reward
Fertility, the ultimate award

So romantic 💚


According to legend, all the young women in the city would place their names in a big urn.
The city’s bachelors would each choose a name and become paired for the duration of the festival. If the pair were happily suited, these matches often ended in marriage.

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