The Festival of Love was one of the festivals of the pagan Romans, when paganism was the prevalent religion of the Romans more than seventeen centuries ago. In the pagan Roman concept, it was an expression of “spiritual love”.
There were myths associated with this pagan festival of the Romans called Lupercalia.Among the most famous of these myths was the Roman belief that Romulus, the founder of Rome, was suckled one day by a she-wolf, which gave him strength and wisdom. The Romans used to celebrate this event in mid-February each year with a big festival.
One of the rituals of this festival was the sacrifice a goat.
A goat was the offering the best adapted to their character and attributes, the flesh of the victim was roasted on willow spits, and the riotous youths, who crowded to the feast, ran naked about the fields with leather thongs in their hands, communicating as it was supposed, the blessing of fecundity to the women whom they touched………’’
(The history of the decline and fall of the Roman empire, Volume 4, By Edward Gibbon p:282)
Opinions abound as to who was the original Valentine, with the most popular theory that he was a clergyman who was executed for secretly marrying couples in ancient Rome in spite of Emperor Claudius II, who felt that marriage weakened his soldiers. In A.D. 496, Pope Gelasius I declared Feb. 14 as Valentine Day. Through the centuries, the Christian holiday became a time to exchange love messages, and St. Valentine became the patron saint of lovers. Esther Howland, a native of Massachusetts, is given credit for selling the first mass-produced valentine cards in the 1840s. The spirit of love continues today as valentines are sent with sentimental verses, from and to young and old romantics.
It is another common opinion that the Christian church may have decided to celebrate Valentine’s feast day in the middle of February in an effort to Christianize celebrations of the pagan Lupercalia, and that a commemorative feast was established in 496 by Pope Gelasius I, of those “… whose names are justly reverenced among men, but whose acts are known only to God,” among whom was Valentine, was set for the useful day.
Today there are many things bound with the festival which conclude to immorality and general disorder in the society. On the contrary Islam does not allow the secret relations between a man and woman and gives the beautiful teachings of marriage which leads to a perfect and peaceful society and an integral part of the teaching is to have no secret relation between man and woman. Here is a brief description of the system!