Where did this holiday originate? Why is it that it is celebrated during Black History month? What does black history have to do with Valentine’s Day? Who was St. Valentine? Why is it celebrated on February 14 and not any other day of the month? Do you think that Valentine’s Day disrupts the flow of Black History? Just to let you know, Black History month was chosen after Valentine’s Day. Let’s find out what the word February means, according to The Barnhart Concise Dictionary of Etymology on pg. 274. February is borrowed from Latin Februarius and it means month of purification, in reference to the Roman feast of purification held in February (the last month of the ancient Roman calendar, and after 450 B.C. becoming the second month of the year.
Valentine’s Day fell on the eve of the pagan holiday of the Sabines. The feast of purification held on February 15th. Julius Caesar (A Roman Statesman) ordered that the year should begin with January and February the last month of the year. February was a month of purification for the New Year during the Roman calendar. The Sabines are an ancient people of Central Italy, who lived in the Sabine hills, northwest of Rome and were known for their religious practices and beliefs. The month of February was added to the Roman calendar during the early history of the empire.
During this month the Romans celebrated their blood festival which consisted of a mass massacre of men within the fame coliseum. The Romans held all of their arena fights in February and looked on while men were being savagely torn apart by wild animals. The Roman Catholic Church is based in Italy and to this very day coliseum are called arenas, rings, fields, domes, stadiums and the likes. This is where young men are put to the challenge against each other in teams, for the pleasure of the onlookers. As you can see these sports eventually turned into arenas of bloodshed, Football, Basketball, Boxing, Hockey and the likes. The Roman coliseum is shaped like the present day football stadium.
St. Valentine is the name of a Roman Christian Martyr who was killed during the reign of Claudius 11 Gothicus. St. Valentine’s Day secretly married young couples thus, breaking the law of the land set by Claudius II. Claudius II Gothicus was a Roman Emperor (whose original name was Marcus Aurelius Claudius (268 – 270A.D.). His major achievement was the decisive defeat of the Gothic Invaders, which is where he received the name Gothicus. He strongly opposed marriages because he believed that single men were better for war just like Hitler. Claudius II was a homosexual and suffer from a sexual diseased body filled with sores due to his abnormal sexual tendencies.
St. Valentine believed an angel inspired him to marry the couples. After ClaudiusII found out about the marriages, there was a massive search for all those who participated. Once the grooms were found, they were castrated and their hearts were cut out and sent to their brides in a box. Remember, when blood dries it turns brown which is similar to the box of chocolate hearts we send today. St. Valentine was beheaded on February 14th during the last years of Claudius II reign. Since he was a member of the church, it was decided that February 14th should be dedicated to the so-called Christian Martyr.
Chocolate is symbolic of the coagulated blood which spilled when the young grooms hearts were cut out. So as you can see St. Valentine’s Day is not all it’s cracked up to be.