Valentine's Day: this is why we celebrate the day of lovers, between history and legend

The origins of this recurrence date back to the paganism of the ancient Romans, to Chinese legends, to the tribal rituals of the African peoples. The answer can hit you like a boomerang: this party was born in antiquity. And right in Italy. In fact, the Valentine's day has replaced the Roman lupercalia in Christian times, celebrated on February 14th and 15th. These were rites dedicated to fertility and not to romantic love, and so in 496 Pope Gelasius I, judging them licentious, dedicated 14 February to the cult of the saint and martyr Valentino, bishop of Terni, with the clear purpose of Christianizing the Roman holiday . But the association of Valentine's Day with romantic love is strengthened with the passing of the centuries. For example, in 1400, on the day of February 14th - anniversary of the martyrdom of Valentino - in Paris, the "High Court of Love" was founded, an institution inspired by the principles of courtly love, with the aim of deciding on controversies. linked precisely to contracts of love, betrayals and violence against women. The judges were selected based on their familiarity with the love poem.

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Valentine's Day: this is why we celebrate the day of lovers, between history and legend

The origins of this recurrence date back to the paganism of the ancient Romans, to Chinese legends, to the tribal rituals of the African peoples. The answer can hit you like a boomerang: this party was born in antiquity. And right in Italy. In fact, the Valentine's day has replaced the Roman lupercalia in Christian times, celebrated on February 14th and 15th. These were rites dedicated to fertility and not to romantic love, and so in 496 Pope Gelasius I, judging them licentious, dedicated 14 February to the cult of the saint and martyr Valentino, bishop of Terni, with the clear purpose of Christianizing the Roman holiday . But the association of Valentine's Day with romantic love is strengthened with the passing of the centuries. For example, in 1400, on the day of February 14th - anniversary of the martyrdom of Valentino - in Paris, the "High Court of Love" was founded, an institution inspired by the principles of courtly love, with the aim of deciding on controversies. linked precisely to contracts of love, betrayals and violence against women. The judges were selected based on their familiarity with the love poem.

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 FOR HIM AND HER 

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