Little is known of the background behind the romantic love story of St. Valentine’s Day. This day wasn’t always dedicated to Saint Valentine, a Roman priest, who secretly married sweethearts. In ancient Rome, long before the Catholic church was created, the fertility festival called “Feast of Lupercalia” was annually observed on February 15.This holiday was so popular that it persisted for a long time after all other pagan rituals were abolished, with the advent of Christianity. According to legend, it was celebrated on the same spot where Romulus and Remus, the twin founders of Rome, were suckled by a wolf. Roman women were thought to become fertile during the feast of Lupercalia.
In 494 A.D. Pope Gelasius I tried to abolished Lupercalia by canonizing Saint Valentine and making him the divine patron saint of a holiday for all lovers. Later, Gelasius I shifted the celebration of Lupercalia to February 14, and it was gradually absorbed into romantic holiday St. Valentine’s Day.
Nowadays people treat their beloved ones with treats, gifts and romantic post-cards on St. Valentine’s Day. It is a special day for everyone who are in love, and mostly for those, who want to confess to somebody in their love.