In Roman antiquity from February 13 to 15, the Descendants Of Romulus and Remus 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, which they believed would make them fertile. The brutal orgy included a matchmaking lottery, in which young men drew the names of women from a jar. There was then forced coupling (In more polite times we called this date rape) for the duration of the festival.
1751 years ago during this Lupercalia festival a Roman Priest named Valentinius was imprisoned for marrying Christian couples. When he stood before emperor Claudius II to answer to these charges he tried to convert the pagan emperor to Christianity. Valentinius was condemned to death. The Martyr, who would one day be known as St. Valentine, was beaten with clubs and stones; when that failed to kill him, he was beheaded outside the Flaminian Gate on February 14th, 269 AD.
Thusly today we celebrate Valentines day.
Well played Hallmark, still not sure how you pulled this one off…