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Valentine in Winter

We don’t find a strong relationship between Christian saints and romance.There is a lot of debate and disagreement among scholars about the origins of Valentine’s Day.The Romans celebrated a holiday on February 14th to honor Juno Fructifier,Queen of the Roman gods and goddesses as well as goddess of marriage.In one ritual,women would submit their names to a common box and men would each draw one out.These two would be a couple for the duration of the festival (and at times for the entire following year).Both rituals were designed to promote not only fertility,but also life generally.According to one story,Roman emperor Claudius II imposed a ban on marriages because too many young men were dodging the draft by getting married (only single men had to enter the army).A Christian priest named Valentinus was caught performing secret marriages and sentenced to death.While awaiting execution, young lovers visited him with notes about how much better love is than war — the first “valentines.”


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