It actually began as a Roman pagan holiday where males sacrificed animals, cut the hides into strips and ran through the town naked and playfully hit women with the hides. Women often jumped in
their way because they thought it would make them more fertile.
Eventually Pope Gelasius changed the holiday called Lupercalia from Feb. 15th to St. Valentine's Day on Feb. 14th.
It ws firs associated with romantic love in the middle ages. In the 18th century lovers presented flowers, candy and greeting cards to celebrate the day. In the 19th century professionally produced greeting cars replaced handwritten ones.
It's become a big holiday for florists, confectioners and the greeting card industry.
I hope all of you have a wonderful day. I'm celebrating by cooking a special meal.
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