Now that all the Valentines Day celebrations have died down, have you ever wondered where the tradition first started? Modern society would have us believe that Valentines is all about chocolate, flowers and sharing the day with a partner, however the day began as an ancient Roman fertility festival called Lupercalia. The festival lasted from the 13th-15th of February and was intended to celebrate early spring, love & fertility, and their ancestors. Priests would sacrifice a goat on the day and proceed to go around the perimeter of Rome; tapping women with strips of the goat’s blood soaked skin. This was seen as a great honour as the ritual intended to invite the spirits of their ancestors to re-incarnate through the cycle of rebirth and ensure fertility. At the end of the day all the single girls would write down their names and put them into an urn. All the bachelors would then pick out a name and spend the year with the girl that he had chosen, ensuring fertility or their community. However, legend has it that the actual St Valentine was a priest who served in 3rd century Rome. At the time the Emperor Claudius II had decided that single men made for better soldiers as they were not tied down to a wife or family, and so he outlawed marriage for all young men in hope of a stronger military. St Valentine took pity on these people and began marrying them in secret, however when Claudius found out he sent Valentine to jail, executing him on February 14th. Before his death, he sent the first ‘valentines’ card himself to the jailors daughter who he had fallen in love with during his time in prison. He signed the card ‘your valentine’ words which are still used in modern day cards. Since then men and women have continued to write love notes and send cards to each other in order to show their affection which has come to develop into what we know today as Valentines Day. In modern times new traditions have been created such as going away on holiday, going out for meals and the exchanging of gifts with our loved ones. If all the recent Valentines celebrations has got you thinking about your love life or relationship then why not give one of our psychics a call and see what the future may hold for you!