Another Pagan Holiday...  

rm_Kissmystuff 61F
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2/4/2006 2:13 pm

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Another Pagan Holiday...

ยง I've seen a few blogs around here where people say they hate Valentine's Day.
Me...I'm just not that passionate about it...one way or the other.

I used to be one of those kids that got under the adult's skin by always asking why and how. Even now I like to know those things. So I did a little research about Valentine's Day and how it got started.

Valentine's Day is really a left over from the days of the Roman Empire.
It was originally a holiday...which started on the 15th of February...to honor Juno Februata...the queen of Roman goddesses...the goddess of love.

At that time...young boys and girls were kept separate.
There was however a custom of name drawing...for this fertility Festival of Lupercalia. The young maidens would write love notes or "billets" and these were placed in an urn. Each young man would draw a note at random and would be paired...with the girl whose note he had chosen...for their mutual entertainment and pleasure...often sexual. This partnering would last for a year. Often times the couple would fall in love and marry.

Under the rule of Claudius II, Rome had many bloody and unpopular campaigns.
He was also known as Claudius the Cruel. He had trouble getting soldiers to join his military. He felt the reasons for this was because the men didn't want to leave their loves or families. So Claudius cancelled all marriages and engagements in Rome.

St. Valentine was a priest in Rome during that time.
He secretly married couples againt the dictates of Claudius. Because of this..he was arrested and condemned to death by the Prefect of Rome. In the year 269 AD, February 14th, he was clubbed to death and beheaded.

The clergy of the early Christian church..as with other holidays...tried to do away with the pagan element
in these holidays or festivals. They tried to turn the erotic nature of this fertility celebration into something religious. They substituted the names of saints for the notes of the maidens. During the following year each person was to try to emulate the attributes of the saints who's name they threw. Since the feast of Lupercalia began in mid February..it seems the church fathers chose St. Valentine's Day for the new feast. This version of the festival died a quick death...due to its unpopularity. But the early Christians did manage to remove most of the lasciviousness from the tradition by turning it into a ritual of romance.

Personally...I think we shouldn't need a day set aside
to show our love and appreciation. Isn't this something we should do every day. But then...it does seem there's a day for every mundane thing under the sun...so why not a special day for LOVE.
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Kiss


ArgosPlumyKooky 45F
3902 posts
2/5/2006 8:38 pm

thank you an enlightening(for me anyway)and delightful post!


rm_Kissmystuff 61F
1435 posts
2/6/2006 9:26 am

Glad you enjoyed the post snatch.
Thanks for your visits and comments.

Kiss


mygmyg 59M

2/8/2006 10:45 am

KMS, I agree with your feeling that a we shouldn't "need" a day set aside for LOVE.
But it is a great reminder to those fortunate ones in a relationship when the "day" rolls around.

I enjoy the whole process of finding some things for a Lady that will brighten her day, put that extra smile and wonderful sparkle in her eyes. Most of the gifts are inexpensive, silly, for our shared enjoyment that let her know how wonderful, Lovely, Sexy, Alluring, and Captivating she is to me!!

Of course some of the things have to be given in a Public setting to Announce the feelings, and this is the drawback, as it can become competitive or cause some hurt feelings!!

KMS, I did enjoy the history and origin info, it would be a kick if AdultFriendFinder did some fun things with the holiday, and made some silly matches, perhaps the Ladies get to pull about 10 names from a hopper or list??


rm_Kissmystuff 61F
1435 posts
2/9/2006 8:32 am

myg...

As always...appreciate your visit and comments. You should make your suggestion to AdultFriendFinder. May be a little too close to Valentine's Day to act on it this year...but perhaps for next.

kiss

Kiss


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