Saturday, February 13, 2010
HISTORY OF THE VALENTINE'S DAY
History tells us the Valentine's Day
Began during the Roman Empire
In ancient Rome, February 14th
Was a holiday to honor Juno?
Juno was the Queen of the Roman
Goddesses and Gods
The Romans also knew her as the Goddess
The following day, February 15th,
Began the Feast; of Lupercalia.
The lives of young boys and girls
Were not allowed to be known
Before the special ceremony However,
One of the customs of the young people
Was name drawing? On the eve
Of the festival of Lupercalia;
The names of Roman girls were written
On slips of paper and placed into jars.
Each young man would draw a girl's name
From the jar and would then be partners
For the duration of the festival
Sometimes the pairing of the children
Lasted an entire year, and often,
They would fall in love and would later marry.
Under the rule of Emperor Claudius II
He believed that the reason was
Those roman men did not want to leave
Their Love, as a result, Claudius cancelled
All the Marriages The good Saint Valentine
Was a priest at Rome in the days of Claudius II?
He and Saint Marius aided the Christian martyrs
And secretly married couples, for these kind deeds
Saint Valentine was apprehended and dragged
Before the Prefect of Rome, Who condemned him?
To be beaten to death? With clubs and to have
His head cut off. He suffered martyrdom.
The special day was chosen as a 14th
Day of February these were the year 270.
At that time, it was a custom In Rome,
A very ancient custom, indeed,
To celebrate During the Month of February
The Lupercalia, Which were the Feasts,
On these occasions, amidst a variety of pagan
Ceremonies, the names of young women were
Placed In a box, from which they were drawn
The pastors of the early Christian Church in Rome;
Endeavored to do away, with the pagan Element
In these feasts by and as the Lupercalia began
About The middle of February, the pastors appear
To have chosen Saint Valentine's Day
So it seems that the custom of young men
Choosing maidens for Valentines,
Or saints as patrons for the coming year,
The history proclaim, this is the true story
Of the beginning of the Valentine's Day!
Happy Valentine's Day to All~
With Abundance of Happiness and Love!
February - 2007
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