Valentine's Day: A Celebration of Love and Murder or Paganism

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Valentine’s Day is a celebration of love and murder. The senses come alive with the mere mention of the holiday known as Valentine’s Day. The smell of fresh roses, the taste of chocolate candy and the feel of a kiss instantly come to mind. Murder also played a role in the history of Valentine’s Day. A selfish act by a ruthless dictator caused a man to lose his head over love. The terms martyr and pagan are used throughout the stories surrounding the holiday. The dictionary defines a martyr as “a person who is killed or who suffers greatly for a religion, cause, etc. Pagan is defined as “one who has little or no religion and who delights in sensual pleasures and material goods.” Even though the stories may differ on the origin of the …show more content…
It is hard to believe human beings would try to imitate birds mating rituals. However, the quest for love has been known to make sensible people place their faith in unrealistic practices. For example, one story tells of an author believing in the birds mating time requested a possible mate to come and visit her daughter on February 14. “The affair must have been managed to her satisfaction, for among the letters is one addressed by the young woman herself “unto my right-well beloved Valentine, John Aston, Esquire”” (Christianson 139). A little hope resulted in finding love on Valentine’s Day. The opposing view of the development of the holiday states “The custom has no connection with the two St. Valentines or with known incidents in their lives” (St. Valentine’s Day). However, the mere fact that the holiday is called Valentine’s Day and is held on February 14th dispels this opposing view. Therefore, a more realistic explanation for the development of the holiday is the Catholic Church converted the Roman celebration of Lupercalia to what is known today as Valentine’s Day. During the Roman pagan celebration called Lupercalia, “Roman boys chose their partners for the celebration by drawing girl’s names from a box; then the couple would exchange gifts on the day of the festival” (Henderson 1001). The boys and girls placed their hopes for love on tiny pieces of paper. The celebration was far removed from Christianity. However,

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