The Dark Origins of Valentine’s Day

Mon 14 February, 2022 @ 10:30 – 12:00
La Senieta, Moraira
Presenter: Angela Chantry

The history of Valentine’s Day—and the story of its patron saint—are shrouded in mystery. We do know that February has long been celebrated as a month of romance and that St. Valentine’s Day, as we know it today, contains vestiges of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition. But who was Saint Valentine and how did he become associated with this ancient rite?  The story will be traced, from its dark origins, through the ancient Roman ritual of Lupercalia that welcomed spring, to the card-giving customs of Victorian England.