Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day

Cassidy Wong

Valentine’s Day

Cassidy Wong

2/10/2021

Valentine’s Day is known for being the time to woo your crush with a box of chocolates, or perhaps a bouquet of flowers. But how did it start?

According to Six Surprising Facts About St Valentine, Valentine’s Day may have been invented by Geoffrey Chaucer, a medieval English poet. In a poem written in 1375, he wrote “For this was sent on Seynt Valentyne’s day / Whan every foul cometh ther to choose his mate.” Before that, there were no records of Valentine’s Day being associated with starting romantic relationships.

Another possible beginning could have been the pagan holiday of Lupercalia, occurring on February 15th, as suggested by History of Valentine’s Day. Lupercalia was the celebration of Faunus, a Roman agriculture god, and Romulus and Remus, founders of Rome. It was a fertility festival, including sacrificing a goat and dog for fertility and purification, then cutting the goat hide into strips, dipping it in the blood, and slapping women and crop fields with it. It was supposed to increase fertility. All the young women would put their name into an urn and the bachelors would draw names. Each pair would stay together for the year and often ended in marriage. Valentine’s Day may have been a Christianized version of the festival.

This year, Covid-19 prevents us from taking partners to dinner or on a date. Instead, we can do video calls or deliver flowers or gifts safely. If you’re having trouble sending your partner something or don’t know what to get them, send them a video Valentine’s Day greeting! Singles this year can celebrate self-love by having a nice meal and perhaps getting some chocolates or flowers on their own.