Hi there. I hope your week is coming along well. Let’s dive right into it. Did you know that the origins of Valentine’s Day, although unclear, had nothing to do with all the lovey-dovey stuff that it’s currently known for? Yup! Let’s dig a little bit into its history. Its origins stem from both Christian and ancient Roman traditions. There was an annual festival celebrated in Rome called Lupercalia. It was celebrated on February 15th in an effort to purify the city and purge evil spirits. It was also celebrated for fertility.
At the start of the festival, some Roman priests slaughtered a goat, for fertility and (dog lovers, look away now!) a dog for purification. They would then make strips out of the goat’s hide then walk around the city gently slapping women and crop fields with those hide strips because they believed that it would enhance fertility. A little weird, I know. What’s even weirder, the women were okay with this because of the belief that they would be fertile for the next year. Oh, it continues. The young women in the city would place their names in a jar for the city’s bachelors to pick, like a raffle. Once a bachelor picked a name, he and the young lady would be coupled for a year which sometimes ended in marriage.
Fun fact, there was an earlier cleansing ceremony called Februa that was held on the same date as the feast of Lupercalia which gave the month of February its name.
There are at least three different saints named Valentine that were martyred. These saints are all recognized by the Catholic Church. Find out more about these legends and the history of Valentine’s Day here.
Here are a few more interesting tidbits about Valentine’s Day.
- Valentine’s Day is the second largest seasonal card sending time of the year.
- Single’s Awareness Day (S.A.D) is an actual thing. (I didn’t know that until now!)
- In 1861, Richard Cadbury designed heart shaped boxes to package the chocolate manufactured.
- Can you guess the favorite flower of the Roman goddess of love, Venus? The red rose.
- Pets also tend to get gifts from their “hoomans” on this day too.
The colors red and pink are widely associated with Valentine’s Day. Here are some fun facts about the color red.
- According to Wikipedia, there are more than 60 shades of red. Pink is one of the tints in the red family.
- Seeing the color red can increase your heart rate and blood pressure.
- Actual redheads are the rarest hair color in the human population, making up only 1-2% of the population.
- Bulls are actually blind to the color red, they are however not completely color blind, so the idea that bulls are angered by the color red is incorrect.
- Red is associated with strength, power, energy, determination, passion, intensity and love. It is also highly visible, this is why it is used on road signs and most emergency vehicles.
- It is also associated with courage and is found on many national flags.
- Speaking of flags, on the Kenyan flag, the color stands for the blood that was spilt by the courageous people who fought for our independence.
For this week’s outfit, I went with red for inspiration. This would certainly be an appropriate Valentine’s Day outfit but it is not limited to that. I have styled these linen shorts before here. I love how comfortable they are. The linen material gives them a very easy and casual feel. The elastic sides and nonfunctional drawstrings on the waist add some character to the shorts. I kept them untied in this outfit. The pockets are an added bonus.
This time round, I styled them with a black and white stripe t-shirt that I tucked in, I like the little breast pocket detail, and a red, woolen, front zip sweater that I have had in my closet for more than 10 years. I accessorized the outfit with “nude” heels, a nude clutch bag with gold details, handmade beaded earrings and a black beaded statement ring. A matte red lip felt right at home in this ensemble. I would wear this for date night with Neil.
I hope this style story adds some information to your general knowledge archive and inspires your Valentine’s Day outfit whether you have somebody to celebrate it with or you decide to celebrate yourself.
Enjoy the rest of your week and thank you for reading.