Monday, January 24, 2011

Ancient Valentine

I just looked up the history of Valentine's Day and am so surprised to learn that this special day is a very ancient tradition and not invented by Hallmark!  The history is a bit convoluted BUT I will give you a VERY short synopsis.... 

There was an ancient fertility celebration the Romans called Lupercalis/Lupercalia on February 15th.  In the 5th century AD, Pope Gelasius turned the celebration into a Christian feast day honoring St. Valentine and changed the date to a day earlier.   Two hundred years prior, the bishop Valentine had ignored the emperors ban on marriage and married young couples in secret and was consequently martyred ....  on February 14th.  In the middle ages, St. Valentine's Day became associated with romance and love....supposedly influenced by Chaucer. You can read more about it at the Holiday Spot.

I only have one heart necklace for sale in my shop so I'm excited to get into my studio to create more tokens of love!

"My bounty is as deep as the sea,
My love as deep; the more I give to thee,
The more I have, for both are infinite. "

William Shakespeare


Cobalt Violet said...

It looks so beautiful on!!!

Beatnheart said...

Just Beautiful Penny. Lovely quote from wm.Shakespeare too...Thanks.

Ruthie Redden said...

Beautiful! love all the details x