Chris Lane

Lupercalia Festival – Valentine's Day - Poem by Chris Lane

During The Lupercalia festival
Celebrated in mid February
A spring cleansing ritual
Averted evil spirits and purified the city
Thereby releasing good health - promoting fertility

After Christianity
Became The Imperial State Religion
Saint Valentine's day
Was incorporated into The Lupercalia tradition

© Calac

Lupercalia, a Roman festival.
February occurred later on the ancient Roman calendar
than it does today
So Lupercalia was held in the spring
Regarded as a festival of purification and fertility.

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, February 14, 2010

Poem Edited: Tuesday, March 9, 2010

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