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The precursor to Valentine’s, Lupercalia was celebrated from February 13 to15 in ancient times as a ‘purifying and fertility ceremony’ where two boys swung strings made from goatskins to touch girls and bless them with healthy children PHOTO FROM WHATHAPPENEDTOGUENTHERLAUSE.COM

The precursor to Valentine’s, Lupercalia was celebrated from February 13 to15 in ancient times as a ‘purifying and fertility ceremony’ where two boys swung strings made from goatskins to touch girls and bless them with healthy children PHOTO FROM WHATHAPPENEDTOGUENTHERLAUSE.COM

Did you know that Valentine’s Day is widely thought to be derived from an ancient Roman festival called “Lupercalia,” which literally means “Festival of the Wolf?”

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Considered as the precursor to Valentine’s Day, Lupercalia is celebrated from February 13 to15 as a “purifying and fertility ceremony.” According to FactsAndHistory.Com, “Reminiscent of the modern-day exchange of love notes on Valentine’s Day, boys would draw a girl’s name from a box on the eve of the festival and then escort her to the festival the next day.”

More intriguingly, the website added, “Some scholars say, that she [the name of the girl drawn from the box]would be his sexual partner for the next year.”

Meanwhile, on the festival day itself, “Two boys would run through crowds of people swinging strings made from goatskins. If the strings touched a girl, it was divined that she would have healthy children when she grew up. The goatskins were called ‘februa,’ which means to make clean and from which the word ‘February’ is derived.”

How do you plan to date on Valentine’s Day this year? Check out The Manila Times’ annual guide on the best places to love for the year.

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