Where the carnival and Valentine’s Day parties come from … a curious draw of women and saints!

Formerly on February 15, the celebrations of the god Luperco (The gods of fertility and protector of the flocks) were celebrated. The Lupercos were a brotherhood of priests chosen from among the most outstanding citizens of Rome who met on February 15 at the Lupercal grotto at the top of the Palatine Hill (where it was supposed to have the servants of the Romans: Romulus and Remus for a she-wolf) to slaughter goats and dogs, then joined with that blood and dressed with their skins in addition to making strips of skin (februa) used to whip men and women as they passed through the race that was around the Palatine Hill. From which comes the custom of the Galician carnivals of Verín and Xinzo de Limia and Laza (Festivities declared of National Tourist Interest) in which the cicadas, screens or pelicans are hitting and separating people with the skin atoms of animal bladders and Shells in his frantic career.

The men of Rome sought him because they believed that he purified them and cleansed their sins, the women who returned them.

Another of the groups of these parties is to put the names of the girls on paper in a box that the youngsters were taking as a pair of games that they took and that will be their partner throughout the year until the next draw.

Vacus and Lupercus

It is Teodosio who in the year 345 by means of a decree in sight the paganism and the adoration of the faithful ones to the gods with what begins to disappear these celebrations

Later Gelasio I, in the year 494 I again banned these parties and established on February 14 on Valentine’s Day that he was a Christian martyr (270 AD) because he had married a large number of couples when the marriage had been prohibited by Claudius II who believed that married soldiers were worse than singles, well, it cost, they left their families to participate in the war

They also changed the words in which the others were paired with the girls in another in which the names of the saints were due to emotional behavior during the year.