We all know that Valentine's Day is a day to celebrate love, romance and even friendship, but did you know that Valentine's Day got its start as a much darker festival? Nobody knows for sure when Valentine's Day started and what it looked like but we do know that back in the times of ancient Rome, from February 13-15, Romans celebrated the feast of Lupercalia (check out this Lupercalia Valentine's Day t-shirt or maybe this one suits you better).

This feast was pretty gruesome when viewed from our standards today. Men would sacrifice a goat and a dog and then whip women with the hides of the sacrificed animals. Part of the festival included a lottery where men drew the name of a woman and they coupled up for the rest of the festival, hoping to make a love match (but not too sad if they didn't). A big part of the festival was about fertility, which is why many people think this was the start of Valentine's Day as we know it today.

That's a far cry from the way we celebrate it today with gifts like:

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Here's hoping your Valentine's Day is beautiful and lovely.

December 27, 2021 — Nibble Nibble Crunch

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