Honor Thy Goddess of Feverish Love?

Hi everyone!

Happy Valentine’s day out there. I hope you are having a splendid day. While I said I would post a topic, and I will, I wanted to write this.

I was at the library the other day…Well, I’m always at the library! LOL. But I happened to stumble upon a book titled: The Fairy Party Book by Marina T. Stern (no relation).

Valentine’s Day, February 14, has different meanings to different people. According to the book, In Japan, February 14 is the day when women give chocolate to men.

Today is Friendship Day in Finland. They exchange cards and gifts, but not in the romantic way at all.
Then you have Lupercalia. This is a holiday in ancient Rome. Lupercalia is a festival to honor the goddess of feverish love. I’m guessing everyone needs a partner on that one! LOL.

In any case, Lupercalia was deemed sinful by the Catholic Church, so it was no longer celebrated.

There are also other stories of saying how someone would find a mate for V-Day. If you place bay leaves under your pillow the night before, you will meet the man or woman of your dreams the next day.

Somehow, they also believed that by bird watching, you would be able to find your mate. I don’t know if this is because there is believe that birds find their mate on V-Day or what. I would imagine that birds always find their mate any time of the year.

In any case, If you are fascinated by other cultures and how they celebrate holidays, or what holidays they celebrate that we Americans don’t, then I suggest to pick up a copy of The Fairy Party Book.

I hope everyone has a blessed and healthy St. Valentine’s Day.

~~DJ 2/14/11

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