of Saint Valentine's Day
In ancient Rome, February 14th was a holiday
to honor Juno, the Queen of the Roman Gods and Goddesses. The Romans also knew
her as the Goddess of Women and Marriage. The following day, February 15th,
began the Feast of Lupercalia.
lives of young boys and girls were strictly separate. However, one of the
customs of the young people was “NAME DRAWING”. On the eve of the
Festival of Lupercalia the names of Roman girls were written on slips of paper
and placed into jars. Each young man would draw a girl's name from the jar;
they would be partners for the duration of the festival. Sometimes the
pairing of the children lasted an entire year, and often, they would fall in
love and would later marry.
Legend has it that the holiday became Valentine's
Day after a priest named Valentine (at the time Christianity
was a new religion). The Emperor Claudius II ordered the Roman soldiers NOT to
marry or become engaged. Claudius believed that as married men, his soldiers
would want to stay home with their families rather than fight his wars.
Valentine defied the Emperor's decree and secretly married the young
couples. He was eventually arrested, imprisoned, and put to death
Jailer came to respect Valentine and asked him to tutor his blind
daughter so she could lead a more beautiful life...Valentine himself
fell in love with his jailer's daughter.
signed his final note to her
Bette, Your Computer Tutor...