Posted by: LBergstrome | February 14, 2011

Valentine’s Day 2

I learned a bit about the history of Valentine’s Day today. I had assumed it was simply a Hallmark holiday which many of us enjoy as a time to say “I love you” with small tokens of our affection.

Apparently in early Roman times the people celebrated a pagan fertility ritual called “Lupercalia” in honour of the half-man/half-goat god Pan. As the Roman Empire evolved, the sexual connotations became subdued and the ritual was performed only by the lower class. Eventually the church abolished the fertility rites, however maintained the holiday associating it with love and marriage and St. Valentine who was martyred on the 14th of February in the name of love!

Interesting that saints show up on all the old pagan holidays… I hadn’t heard of Lupercalia before today. Take a look at the Wiki page if you wish to read more.

I decided against buying into the commercial pressure of Valentine’s Day and made heart pillows for my love and little lovelies.

hearts before fulling

and after.

We shared a simple dinner of Heart Beet salad from the Vegan Lunch Box, by Jennifer McCann, and chili with rice.

Regardless of the roots, I do enjoy a day dedicated to love and loving. It’s easy to get busy with life and not share what is in our hearts.

Love Laura

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