I woke up this morning reflecting about what I wanted to say about this day. I thought that perhaps the history of Valentine’s Day would be fascinating. Well…yes. The history is fascinating, but not exactly romantic. The day was originally celebrated as Lupercalia, a fertility festival dedicated to Faunus, the Roman god of agriculture. The priests would sacrifice a goat, and slap women & crop fields with strips of the goat’s hide. The people believed that the women touched by the goat’s hide would become fertile. Later, Christians replaced the festival with St. Valentine’s Day. The Catholic Church recognizes at least three different saints named Valentine or Valentinus, all of whom were martyred. Gradually, Valentine’s Day was reinvented as a day of romance.
I propose that we reinvent the day again. Let’s embrace Valentine’s Day as more than romantic love. Let it be a day in which we celebrate everyone that loves us. But even more importantly, let Valentine’s Day be a day in which we celebrate self-love. Be kind to yourself today. Indulge! You are a worthy, beautiful, divine soul.
Today I celebrate me, and I celebrate you. Happy Valentine’s Day.