The Dark Origins of Valentine’s Day 情人节的暗黑起源

Valentine’s Day

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It’s that time of the year already, the moment you find out if you’re really special or just a lonely side chick that’s got to wait nine months until Single’s Day to feel worthy.


Well, you might be happy to know that Valentine’s Day hasn’t always been about red roses, cupids, chivalry and romance. The true origins of Valentine’s Day are actually quite dark and bloody.


Although there’s no hard evidence to support any of these stories like most awesome origin stories – it all began in ancient Rome. Reader’s discretion is advised!


Those Wild And Crazy Romans


From Feb. 13 to 15, the Romans celebrated the feast of Lupercalia. The men sacrificed a goat and a dog, then whipped women with the hides of the animals they had just slain.


The Roman romantics “were drunk. They were naked,” says Noel Lenski, a historian at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Young women would actually line up for the men to hit them, Lenski says. They believed this would make them fertile.



The brutal fete included a matchmaking lottery, in which young men drew the names of women from a jar. The couple would then be, um, coupled up for the duration of the festival — or longer, if the match was right.


The ancient Romans may also be responsible for the name of our modern day of love. Emperor Claudius II executed two men — both named Valentine — on Feb. 14 of different years in the 3rd century A.D. Their martyrdom was honored by the Catholic Church with the celebration of St. Valentine’s Day.

而情人节之所以被称为Valentine‘s Day也都归因于这些古罗马人。一位历史上的暴君克劳迪亚斯二世国王曾在3世纪的某一年2月14日里下令斩首两名男子


Later, Pope Gelasius I muddled things in the 5th century by combining St. Valentine’s Day with Lupercalia to expel the pagan rituals. But the festival was more of a theatrical interpretation of what it had once been. Lenski adds, “It was a little more of a drunken revel, but the Christians put clothes back on it. That didn’t stop it from being a day of fertility and love.”


Around the same time, the Normans celebrated Galatin’s Day. Galatin meant “lover of women.” That was likely confused with St. Valentine’s Day at some point, in part because they sound alike.

So the next time you’re enjoying a Valentine’s Day dinner, don’t forget all the suffering that took place for it to be the sweet romantic holiday as we know it today.

几乎是在历史上同样的年代,当时的诺曼人要庆祝咖兰汀节(Galatin’s Day),咖兰汀的意思是“女人的情人”。也有人推测说,很有可能在某一个时期,人们因为读音相近而混淆了情人节(Valentine’s Day)和咖兰汀节(Galatin’s Day)这两个节日。


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Happy Valentine’s Day!