The Origins of My Favorite Holiday, Valentine’s Day

DISCLAIMER: *The views expressed here are those of Aidan Mack. They do not reflect the views of the interpreters engaged in interpreting her.*

The Transcript:

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 Hello everyone and welcome to The Aidan Mack Show!

It’s #unreal that Valentine’s Day is almost here.

(insert pictures of many pink, red, and white hearts)

Time flies. It kind of feels like I’m sitting on a train looking through the window and as the train moves I feel like each holiday is passing by. Then the train stops, I come out and there’s “Happy Valentine’s Day” everywhere.

(insert picture of Hershey’s kisses chocolate candies with a hearts attached to each one on a stick)

 Alright, life, slow down will ya!

Anyway, Valentine’s Day is really one of my favorite holidays. Whether I’m in a relationship or single, I still enjoy Valentine’s Day. The meaning of the holiday for me is, loving yourself and loving others. You can’t love other people if you don’t love yourself. It’s really important to love yourself so you can love other people.

(insert picture of the word “love” with each letter on a red heart hanging on red string. Underneath says, “Happy Valentine Day”)

And that’s why I feel my definition of Valentine’s Day makes sense, love yourself and love others.

I think Valentine’s Day applies to both single people and those in relationships. Some people say, “Oh, but I don’t have a boyfriend.” Come on, there are many things you can enjoy on Valentine’s Day. Treat yourself, you deserve to have time with and for yourself.

Anyway, I’m really excited about this episode because ever since I started my website,, I’ve written several posts about Valentine’s Day over the years until now where I’m finally shooting an episode about Valentine’s Day! Yay!

I was thinking about what to talk about for today’s episode. I thought about St. Valentine and how this one Saint became the holiday we celebrate today. As I was   doing my research, I was like #UNREAL and I want to share it with you all.

(insert picture of a graphic that reads, “The tale of St. Valentine” with a drawing of him, wine, and celebratory images)

 I want to let everyone know, before I dive into the origin of the story about St. Valentine, it’s still speculations. I just want to clear that up with you all. I decided to pick one story I found and give you guys the full scoop about it.

Did you know there were 3 priests all named St. Valentine?

(insert picture of a priest with a red garment wrapped around him)

 The first was from Rome, Italy. The second was from former Interamna, Italy, but now current Terni, Italy. And the third was from Province of Africa. It’s still unknown as to why the St. Valentine from Africa was killed.

(insert graphic of the third priest holding a bible and wearing a white robe)

 There were also many other priests killed as well.

(insert 3 more pictures of other priests)

They were all martyred, which means someone who strongly believe in a religion or idea and got killed for their belief. All three of the St. Valentines I mentioned were martyred.

Going back to the first St. Valentine from Rome, which back at that time was ruled by King Claudius II.

(insert picture of a sculpture of King Claudius II)

He was really a horrible person. He did awful things. He was involved in a lot of unpopular bloody behaviors.

(insert picture of a drawing of a catastrophe involving violence)

He was involved with beheadings, with cutting off limbs, and overall involved with slow process of torturing and killing people.

The list goes on of the horrendous things he’d done.

(insert picture of a drawing of a ware involving Claudius’ army men)

 Anyway, Claudius tried to recruit a lot of men to make his army strong. But, he had a hard time recruiting men due to the fact that many were not willing to join the army because of their strong commitment to their wives and families.

(insert picture of an ancient piece of art of a man with a child and a woman enjoying each other’s company)

 Claudius was furious, and decided to ban marriage altogether.

(insert picture of a bride and groom with a red circle and line going through it showing it being illegal)

 That’s how St. Valentine came to be, a priest who blatantly ignored Claudius’ orders. He still continued to wed countless couples who wanted to get married.

(insert picture of a drawing of Claudius marrying a couple)

 Claudius caught wind of this and ordered St. Valentine to be thrown in jail.

(insert picture of a drawing of Claudius in a large jail cell with other inmates)

While in jail, he often saw another inmate’s daughter who visited her father while he was in jail.

(insert picture of a black and white drawing of the inmate and his daughter passing an envelope with a heart on it)

That inmate’s daughter and St. Valentine developed a friendship. It was then when St. Valentine knew his time was coming to an end, and wrote a letter to his own daughter. At the end of the letter he wrote Farewell, Your Valentine. And it’s because of that, which made the impact of the holiday we celebrate today. In the end, St. Valentine was sentenced to be attacked by clubs and then beheaded. That’s what happened and why we show respect on Valentine’s Day.

Another origin of Valentine’s Day, comes from the Pagan holiday “Feast of Lupercalia” which basically was a fertility ritual celebration with the goal to purify the town and avert evil spirits away.

(insert picture of a drawing of the Feast of Lupercalia celebration, a half man half goat, and another picture of a joyous celebration)

In the hopes of people being more fertile and reproducing more.

(insert picture of fertility celebration and a picture of an egg with a face on it with various sperms and one smiling while attaching to it) 

Which was pretty #unreal to read about. It was celebrated from February 13th to the 15th.

(insert a picture of the celebration ritual taking place amongst many people)

 During the ritual, they kill two goats and two puppies for sacrificial purposes.

(insert picture of the killing ritual happening)

The sacrifices were to ensure love, fertility, and overall health. After the animals were sacrificed, young women were lined up and were hit with thongs to make sure they were in fact fertile.

(insert picture of the women lined up and partaking in the ritual)

 These young women really believed in the holiday but experienced a lot of abuse and torture. They literally had a box filled with names of young women, and would pick out names and start the ritual. Having sex under the influence of alcohol was involved.

(insert picture of what the ritual was believed to look like)

 It’s wasn’t nice to know that women back then were considered property and were treated inhumanely, and how long it continued and progressed.

Until Pope Gelaseius caught wind of this and did not approve.

(insert a portrait picture of Pope Gelaseius)

He decided to abolish “Feast of Lupercalia” reclaim, changed, and announced it to be St. Valentine’s Day. To honor and love God which was his purpose as a pope.

(insert picture of a red screen with a white heart that has the words, “Happy Valentine’s Day” in white letters inside of the heart)

There’s a lot of talk out there that it’s a possibility that the combination of the Pagan’s “Feast of Lupercalia” and the murder and beheading of St. Valentine are the origins of the holiday today. #Unreal story, right?

I hope you all enjoyed this story!

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(The two interpreters appear signing, “Thank you, Bye!”)

Thank you Casey and Domenick for your time interpreting my show, thanks guys!


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