The dark side of Valentine’s Day: how the holiday began

This February 14, the Day of Love and Friendship is celebrated, a holiday that in the United States is known as Valentine’s Day … but various portals and videos on YouTube reveal how it started.

However, the messages of love that border on the corny were not used at the beginning of these parties, since there was blood, blows and two martyrs.

The ancient Romans were somewhat eccentric and peculiar with their traditions, not to say crazy and half-barbarian. Legend has it that the origin of Saint Valentine dates back to the years following the founding of Rome, around 753 BC. C.

From February 13 to 15 a festival called Lupercalia was held, which has been called “orgiastic”. If things continued as they did then, instead of receiving chocolates and flowers, women would be spanked to be more fertile.

On Valentine’s Day honor was given to the faun Luperco, who according to legend took the form of a she-wolf (Luperca) and suckled the founders of Rome, Romulus and Remus.