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Love is...

Are you experiencing pink and red before the eyes or seeing hearts and flowers at every turn?

Then I have the perfect remedy. For you could be suffering from an advanced case of acute Valentine’s Day syndrome and what in need of a dose of 'Lupercalia', guaranteed to restore a bit of fun and vitality and pep up your February 14th.

We are all too aware that as a commercial event Valentine’s Day is now second to Christmas with estimates suggesting that over 1 billion cards will be bought and sent. Add on flowers, chocolates, jewellery, heart shaped frippery, food and alcohol and you're talking a modern day merchandising megafest.

So let me take you back to the days of early Rome to where it all began and to the festival of Lupercalia. A ritual of purification and fertility culminating on the Palatine Hill where Vestal virgins bearing freshly baked sacred cakes would assist naked young men in the sacrifice a dog and a goat before smearing their foreheads with the blood and donning loincloths made from the skin of the goat. Then carrying strips of goat hide the young men would make their way round the city lightly striking the bottoms of young women to protect them from curses, bad luck and infertility.

The choice is yours, dear reader, this Valentine’s Day. A sedate trip to buy flowers, a card and chocolates or a Lupercalia style dash up the High Street and around the shopping mall with quivering buttocks, freshly baked buns, loincloths and strips of goatskin at the ready?

The choice is yours, but whatever you choose please be aware of the consequences!

Happy Valentine’s Day.


Image Credit » Photographs Copyright 2015 by Antony J Waller

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Comments

MsBiz wrote on February 5, 2015, 10:38 AM

Hahahaha! I pick goatskin! That sort of valentine celebration would make a much better story, and would probably be more fun.

Koalemos wrote on February 5, 2015, 10:42 AM

Lupercalia certainly sounds like a more fun event than Valentine's Day, but it is not suitable for the North of England in February.

NorthernLight wrote on February 5, 2015, 10:45 AM

Oh I don't know. It would put the colour back in your cheeks!

Ruby3881 wrote on February 5, 2015, 10:46 AM

I think perhaps the idea celebration lies somewhere between the two...

NorthernLight wrote on February 5, 2015, 10:47 AM

Good for you, I like your choice haha.

NorthernLight wrote on February 5, 2015, 10:48 AM

Ah, the best of both worlds!

Koalemos wrote on February 5, 2015, 10:50 AM

Oh yes, but the colour would probably be blue.

NorthernLight wrote on February 5, 2015, 11:06 AM

Haha, I think you're definitely right about that.

wolfgirl569 wrote on February 5, 2015, 12:51 PM

The goatskin celebration would be a lot more fun, but looking at the temperatures here I think I will buy hubby some candy.

NorthernLight wrote on February 5, 2015, 3:37 PM

Yay, another for the goatskins, but the weather is a factor. Could you make mine chocolates haha.

Squidwhisperer wrote on February 5, 2015, 10:42 PM

Kind of burns off the saccharine eh... Interesting read: hit on the missing space between "culminating" and "on" - and thought - sh%t! - "culminatingon"? I don't know that word. And English is the only language I know. Do I have to go to the bloody dictionary and look it up? But then of course realized that Valentines Day is inherently bloody...

NorthernLight wrote on February 6, 2015, 12:00 PM

Always pleased to be able to give a Nova Scotia-on an English lesson. My cheeks are now nearly as red as your goat skin tanned ones ....

Squidwhisperer wrote on February 6, 2015, 12:11 PM

BTW forgot to mention that this above is a very vivid rendering ... almost sounds like you were there in a previous existence...

NorthernLight wrote on February 6, 2015, 1:55 PM

...by eck those were the days, climbing t'top o' the Palatine to snatch a Vestals' fresh bakes...

WordChazer wrote on February 6, 2015, 3:55 PM

I'll settle for agreeing with my husband that Valentines this year is cards and a good meal deal at home rather than hearts, flowers and presents. We have just spent ourselves up on our vacation, after all.

UK_Writer wrote on February 13, 2015, 7:26 PM

Couples only have themselves to blame - they've stolen the day from singles, who it was intended for.

UK_Writer wrote on February 13, 2015, 7:26 PM

Now it's just a hollered "Nice buns love" outside Greggs.

NorthernLight wrote on February 14, 2015, 4:54 AM

There's nothing wrong with that. Call me cynical but prices definitely go up for Valentine's Day, and if you eat out it's busy!

NorthernLight wrote on February 14, 2015, 4:56 AM

A good point. The merchandisers and Valentine marketeers have a lot to answer for and many have jumped on the bandwagon and into their hands.

CoralLevang wrote on February 17, 2015, 1:24 PM

Um...erm....I never found any suitors in loincloths this weekend. And my buttocks were quivering so...

NorthernLight wrote on February 18, 2015, 4:32 AM

Dear Disappointed, I am sorry this year's Lupercalia failed to meet your expectations...you can cover up now...x

CoralLevang wrote on February 18, 2015, 9:47 AM

NorthernLight *laughs* What a way to wake up before 7 a.m. (to this humour)!! I love it! Thank you! I had to take care not to wake up my houseguest, as I was laughing so hard!

NorthernLight wrote on February 18, 2015, 11:25 AM

It's a pleasure. Glad I got your day off to a good start and thank you for making me smile too.

CoralLevang wrote on February 18, 2015, 11:29 AM

NorthernLight You can always count on me for being cheeky. emoticon :winking:

scheng1 wrote on February 21, 2015, 9:41 AM

I doubt we can ask the young ones to kill a dog to celebrate Valentine's Day now.

NorthernLight wrote on February 21, 2015, 12:31 PM

You're right. That part has no place today!

Coffee wrote on February 24, 2015, 12:39 PM

Well I definitely know which one sounds like more fun!

NorthernLight wrote on February 24, 2015, 4:43 PM

Haha, then I hope you enjoy it.

LeaPea2417 wrote on December 13, 2015, 7:38 PM

That is very interesting. I didn't know that historic ancient origins of love and Valentines Day.