My Funny Valentine

Red roses

Red roses
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I’ve been doing some investigating; I wanted to know where some of the traditions for Valentine’s Day come from. I discovered that the first mention of romantic love in connection with this day is in Parlement of Foules by Geoffrey Chaucer.

He wrote:

For this was on seynt Volantynys day
Whan euery bryd comyth there to chese his make.

[“For this was on St. Valentine’s Day, when every bird cometh there to choose his mate.”]

This is probably why Valentine’s Day is sometimes known as the Birds’ Wedding Day. I have noticed that around this time of the year the birds start collecting my hair from the lawn to line their nests.

This song is probably the most famous song connected to Valentine’s Day. At first I didn’t think it was very romantic, but then I realised it is saying there is more to love than appearances – that is a refreshing message!

In Finland and Estonia the name for Valentine’s Day translates as Friend’s Day and the day is about remembering friends. In some South American countries the name translates as The Day of Love and Friendship, so tokens of appreciation are given to friends as well as loved ones.

In Slovenia Saint Valentine was one of the saints of Spring. It was said that on this day the plants start to grow and it was celebrated by beginning work in the vineyards and fields again after the break for winter.

There are different stories about who Saint Valentine was. In the 1969 revision of the Roman Catholic Calendar of Saints, the feast day of Saint Valentine was removed from the General Roman Calendar because very little was known about Saint Valentine.

The Romans had a festival called Lupercalia that was celebrated 13 – 15 February. Pope Gelasius abolished Lupercalia and some researchers think that it was replaced with a festival for Saint Valentine, other researchers say there is no connection. That’s typical of bipeds! If one tells you something is true, you don’t have to look far to find half a dozen bipeds to tell you it is definitely not true.

The Lupercalia festival honoured the she-wolf that looked after the infants, Romulus and Remus, and also celebrated the new life that the Spring brings. I thought it was very nice to honour the wolf in this way, until I discovered that they sacrificed two goats and a dog every year!

The origins of Saint Valentine’s Day may have been lost in the mists of time, but I like the idea of it being a celebration that Spring is on the way. I will make sure that I leave some of my hair outside for the birds to use in their nests.

The mists of time

The mists of time

See you next Wednesday!

74 thoughts on “My Funny Valentine

  1. Really interesting stuff! (And I am so ready for spring, so I’ll happily celebrate that being on its way!)

  2. I love the idea that Valentine’s Day being “a herald that spring is on the way”. But of course, that only works for people in the Northern hemisphere… For us down here in New Zealand, Autumn is now knocking at the door…

    Lots of love from me and Krissy xxx

  3. Happy Valentines day Clowie 🙂 Hope you have a nice Pyreeeee alpha male lined for a night of romance! How nice of them to honor through wolf!! Though I have to agree that their methods leave a lot to brought desired! 😉

    • Thank you, happy Valentine’s Day to you! Apart from the sacrifices, it’s an interesting festival. I could imagine the whole tale on your blog with some of your beautiful wolfie illustrations.

  4. I’m with the people in Slovenia, maybe with today Miss Spring will come and I hope she will chase the winter and the bad storm away! Thanks for such an interesting post, Clowie. I love to take a look behind the things and the story behind is always the best. Have a great Valentine’s Day!

    • Thank you, Easy. I think it’s interesting to know the story behind celebrations. I’m hoping Spring isn’t too far away. I hope you all enjoy Valentine’s Day!

  5. That was very interesting, Clowie and very informative!! Happy Valentine’s Day to you! xox

  6. Very interesting. Happy Valentine’s Day to you!

  7. Hope you had a lovely valentine’s Clowie

  8. I like the idea of it being a festival for spring also.

  9. What a beautiful post puppy, I enjoyed it a lot. Cheers from Argentina, Aquileana 🙂

  10. I hope you had a wonderful Valentines Day! I don’t like that celebrating by killing animals either.

  11. I liked Valentine’s Day. Got a lovely card from my boyfriend and went to cuddle with my three kitties. It was good just the way it was. 🙂

  12. aww…nice Clowie…really nice. Hope you are comfy in your new home

    • Thank you, Savannah. I’m happy and comfortable eager to see, and sniff, new things. The cats are relaxed and even the bipeds say things are beginning to get sorted.

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