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The Peculiarity of February 14

Posted in Calendar by entonces27 on November 29, 2007

The month of February may not be the most appealing month throughout the world, but to those devout in Hinduism, Buddhism, Celtic paganism and in the Jewish religion, this month is very important. Many people had heard long time ago of those who engaged in Lupercalia Trifon Zarezan celebration which was a Roman fertility festival. Traditions say that this festival was celebrated either February 14 or 15 and was dedicated also to Dionysus. Roman Catholicism, especially the website http://www.vatican.va/news_services/liturgy/calendar/ns_lit_doc_20060101_calendar_en.html clearly shows that Valentine’s day is not regarded as official festival.    By the way, speaking of Valentine’s day,  why was this so common nowadays?

If you are an avid Roman Catholicism supporter, you should have known the history of “Valentine’s day” and to quote “The popular customs associated with Saint Valentine’s Day undoubtedly had their origin in a conventional belief generally received in England and France during the Middle Ages, that on 14 February, i.e. half way through the second month of the year, the birds began to pair.” (from http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/15254a.htm )  What was regarded by Roman Catholicism as official is the blessing of the candle or candlemas every February 2. But February 6 is celebrated by pagans as the date of their  “Imbolc”, but some pagans prefer to celebrate it by February 1 or 2, as coinciding with Roman Catholicism Candlemas. For a complete list of February celebrations, see http://www.heart7.net/date/february.htm .

 As far as recent events are concerned, doubtless more and more Lupercalians shall be celebrating February 14. But the Jews shall also be celebrating February 13 being the Tu B’Shvat, the Jewish New Year for trees and Hindus as well on their “Saraswatijayanti” – a puja done to celebrate the birthday of the goddess of wisdom and knowledge, Saraswati.

Although, many people who read histories noticed that February 14 celebration is actually pagan, they forget what a “pagan” is. A pagan, according to http://dict.die.net is : (p[=a]”gan), n. [L. paganus a countryman, peasant, villager, a pagan, fr. paganus of or pertaining to the country, rustic, also, pagan, fr. pagus a district, canton, the country, perh. orig., a district with fixed boundaries: cf. pangere to fasten.] one who worships false gods; an idolater; a heathen).

We might as well come to think how this word “pagan” come to existence. Don’t forget English is a complicated language and many regard paganism as a form of religion. So, why not open Hebrew and Greek dictionaries to find out how this word was used in the early century of the christian period? So, much for paganism!!! In another reference on the web, I found out better cognate of paganism which is the suffix -pagus (which means “conjoined twins”).

Hahaha!!! No wonder there have been many similar celebrations among paganism, hinduism, catholicism and judaism.   Now to end this topic, I might quote some explanations on the net regarding “Lupercalia”. The Lupercalia was an annual Roman festival held on February 15 to honour Faunus, god of fertility and forests. Justin Martyr identified Faunus as Lupercus, ‘the one who wards off the wolf’, but his identification is not supported by any earlier classical sources. The festival was celebrated near the cave of Lupercal on the Palatine (one of the seven Roman hills), to expiate and purify new life in the Spring. This festival’s origins are older than the founding of Rome.  For more readings, go to … (next time) after my editing.

Yours truly,