The lives of young boys and girls were strictly separate. However, one of the customs of the young people was name drawing. On the eve of the festival of Lupercalia the names of Roman girls were written on slips of paper and placed into jars and each young man would draw a girl's name from the jar who would then be partners during the festival. Sometimes the pairing of the children lasted an entire year, and often, they would fall in love and would later marry.
Under the rule of Emperor Claudius II Rome was involved in many bloody and unpopular campaigns. Claudius the Cruel was having a difficult time getting soldiers to join his military leagues. He believed that the reason was that roman men did not want to leave their loves or families and Claudius cancelled all marriages and engagements in
The pastors of the early Christian Church in Rome endeavored to do away with Lupercalia and chosen Saint Valentine's Day for the celebration, which then became “Day of lovers” worldwide into modern day Valentines Day and Flowers, esp. Red Roses became popular gift for the day.Advertisement
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