|The original Valentine's day in the Ides of
February was Rome's Lupercalia, a festival of sexual celebration. Young
virile men chose partners for erotic games by drawing "billets" - small
pieces of paper with women's names on them.
christians denounced this Heathen custom as lewd. churchmen tried to
substitute saints names and short sermons on the billets, however they
failed to convince the people that this had anything to do with the season
February is sacred to Juno Februata, Goddess of love and
fertility. Not being able to convert the people at his time, the church
instead replaced her with a mythical martyr, St. Valentine. So St.
Valentine became the christian patron of lovers perforce, and the
festival remained dedicated to lovers. It is interesting to note, that
even in its christianised form, the Valentinian celebration involved
secret sex worship, called "a rite of spiritual marriage with angels in a