Happy Valentine's Day from CASA
Authored by CASA Blogger, Diane Wolfkiel/DMW CopyWriting
What are you doing for Valentine’s Day?
With the big day falling on a weekend this year, it’s all people are talking about. And since It is no longer restricted to just romantic couples, people are finding all sorts of ways to express gratitude and love for sweethearts, spouses, teachers, parents or any other person close to them.
Did you ever wonder how it all started?
An internationally recognized holiday celebrating romantic love observed on February 14th in many countries around the world.
It began in ancient Roman times, originating from a Roman festival called Lupercalia. Romans observed a holiday on February 14th to honor Juno - the Queen of Roman Gods and Goddesses. As part of the custom, young boys and girls spent the festival together after pairing up by picking their names out of slips in a jar. Many of the couples would end up falling in love and marrying - hence the association of love with the festival.
The origin of the actual festival is debated today. One legend stems from the brave efforts of a priest named St. Valentine. Apparently during the reign of Emperor Claudius II Rome was involved in many battles and the emperor had trouble building an army - the men didn’t want to leave their wives and families, so the Emperor banned all marriages and engagements. The priest, Valentine defied this order and secretly married couples. When he was discovered, he was put to death on February 14th, 270 AD. After his death, he was named a Saint. Whatever the origin, the festival formerly known as Lupercalia is today known as St. Valentine’s Day.
Here at CASA, as Valentine’s Day approaches, we also think of the children in foster care. Children who may be struggling through a holiday separated from their families. Children who may be in a new school and miss out on the Valentine’s exchange because their name wasn’t on the class list.
And so we thought it would be nice to reach out to all those children and wish them a Happy Valentine's Day - but for that, we need your help!
Help us reach out to the children in foster care in Lancaster County, by sharing your message of hope and love. Share this story of Valentine’s with everyone you know on social media!
And because the human heart is associated with the center of emotion and pleasure, post heart shapes as a symbol of love and support for these wonderful children - and their bright future ahead!