It is based on a pagan ritual …
Every year in February, the ancient Romans celebrated the festival of Lupercalia, a festival designed to purify the city and promote wellness and fertility. Like any real spiritual purification in the ancient world, the festival called for the sacrifice of a goat and a dog, two animals that were celebrated because of their strong sexual instinct.
… That was whiplashes
istockphoto.com During Lupercalia the animal sacrifices would be skinned and their skins formed in lashes. Young women would line up for the sashes because participation in the ritual would help them become more fertile.
… and possibly a love lottery & # 39;
Alex Ruhl / Shutterstock.com Today we have our own version of a love lottery & # 39; – it's called Tinder. But the Romans had their own way of cherishing artificial art. Although there is discussion about the exact details of the practice, some sources mention that during the festival of Lupercalia young women would write their names on pieces of paper, which would then be randomly drawn by young men. The two would then be linked & # 39; & # 39; for the rest of the evening.
It is probably named after two decapitated priests
shutterstock.com In the third century AD, Christianity was not generally accepted (or tolerated). As such, the Christian history of that time is light on details and heavy on martyrdom. Several martyrs named Valentinus are mentioned in different sources, and legends about their deeds are in abundance. A Valentinus, a Roman priest, managed to convert a rich aristocrat to Christianity after he had healed the blind man's daughter. After he had heard of the miracle, Emperor Claudius Gothicus had the family executed and the priest beheaded. A similar story is told about another Valentinus, who, after he had debated a convert and then healed his son, was given the same fate – a decapitation by order of the emperor. Regardless of the details, by the end of the fifth century, Christians had begun to commemorate Saint Valentine on 14 February.
The Vatican does not think it is an important day
istockphoto.comPop Galesius made the feast of St. Valentine officially in 496, but after the Second Vatican Council in 1969, Pope Paul VI removed it from the calendar of major holidays, largely because very little could be verified about the actual St. Valentine . Anglicans and Lutherans still recognize February 14 as an official holiday and the Eastern Orthodox Church celebrates St. Valentine on 6 July.
It is the original & # 39; Hallmark Holiday & # 39;
dennizn / Shutterstock.com In 1913, Hallmark Cards, an American private company, began producing valentines, pioneering an industry that blends human desire to recognize and value people who are important to us with exploitative consumer tactics. Nowadays the term "Hallmark Holiday" is used to describe holidays that exist exclusively for commercial purposes. However, it is important to point out that Hallmark, contrary to what is generally thought, is not responsible for & # 39; inventing & # 39; from Valentine's Day.
It promotes senseless consumerism
istockphoto.com According to the National Retail Survey, the average person in 2018 spent an estimated $ 144 for Valentine's Day on sweets, flowers, clothing and more – up from $ 137 the year before. In total, people spend about $ 20 billion a year on activities and gifts related to Valentine's Day.
It is a bad night to eat out
Cupid, the mascot of Valentine's Day, is a naughty winged baby
istockphoto.comCupid, the Roman god of love and desire, is rarely seen without his bow and arrow. The iconic image of an arrow pierced by an arrow, however, has lascivious undertones, which represent the combination of male and female sexual organs. Keep this in mind when shopping for the perfect Valentine's Day gift.
It ruins relationships …
istockphoto.comValentine & # 39; s Day makes us reexamine our relationships and if one or both partners are dissatisfied, the idea of celebrating love becomes intolerable. Data from Facebook show that updates with the sentences "breakup" and "broken up" spike immediately after Valentine's Day. Curious about where you stand with your significant other? Book a V-Day reservation at White Castle and see how they react. True love will reveal itself.
And promotes traditional gender roles …
istockphoto.com Traders and advertisers use gender stereotypes to suggest how men and women should behave on Valentine's Day and other romantic holidays. Women are often portrayed as worried and overly enthusiastic, while men are shown to be distant and carefree. It is 2019, get the program.
… while your hearts are still breaking
istockphoto.com Broken Heart Syndrome, also known as takotsubo-cardiomyopathy, is recognized by the Mayo Clinic as a real, though temporary condition that is said to mimic the feeling of a heart attack.
People do not really celebrate anymore