Did you know that the origin of the festival of cupids is actually dark and even bloody? History says that the Romans executed two Christian priests by the name of Valentine on February 14. This happened though, in different years in the third century A.D. The martyrdom of the two priests was honored by the Catholic Church with the celebration of St. Valentine’s Day.
February 14 was associated with love and fertility because, again, according to history, between February 13-15, the Romans celebrated the feast of Lupercalia wherein men sacrifice a goat and a dog then whip women with the hides of the animals they just slayed. The Roman men were drunk and naked as women line up to be hit. This practice was believed to make the women fertile. There was also a matchmaking lottery after the hitting.