The Bible Answers Short Questions From Our Readers
Plain Truth Staff
Question: In February my children in school will be confronted with St, Valentine's Day. What should I tell them to do? Answer: Few know where the custom of celebrating St. Valentine's Day originated. We do not find any such practice in the Bible. How did we come to inherit these customs? It is time we examined, why children are encouraged to celebrate St. Valentine's Day when it is never so much as mentioned in the Bible or as a practice of the New Testament Church. Did you know that centuries before Christ, the pagan Romans celebrated, February 15 and the evening of February 14 as an idolatrous festival in honor of Lupercus, the "hunter of wolves"? The Romans called the festival the "lupercalia." The custom of exchanging valentines and all the other traditions in honor of Lupercus - the deified hero-humer of Rome - "have been handed down from the Roman festival of the Lupercalia) celebrated in the month of February, when names of young women were put into a box and drawn out by men as chance directed," admits the Encyclopedia Americana, art., "St. Valentine's Day."
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