|S.Valentino as Martyr|
If this sounds to you as it does to me, like a tender almost paternal love, radically different from the associations we have of Valentine’s Day today, you are correct.
In fact, the legend of San Valentino is thought to have been overlaid by the Catholic Church on an ancient pagan fertility ritual Lupercali. Associated with the Greek god Pan, Lupercus’ priests wore goat skins and made animal sacrifices to ensure the health and prosperity of their followers. It is believed that until the 4th century, non Christians of Rome celebrated this annual feast, much to displeasure of the growing Catholic Church..
|Protector of lovers|
In Sicily, the feast of San Valentino is celebrated much more in recent years than when I was growing up when it was much less commercial.
Auguri per la festa di San Valentino!
Ciao a presto!