Heart by Eunice of littlethings1.etsy.com
I'm so happy to be part of the Vintage Journal Team - thanks so much Denise for inviting me! Last night I stayed up late sewing vintage hearts while my son was studying for an exam on ancient Rome. Today I was exploring the history of Valentine's Day, and I discovered that its origin is VERY vintage: ancient Rome! I've also found some gorgeous hearts handmade by Etsy crafters; just click on the photographs to travel to their shops.
Valentine's Day may have been the Church's attempt to Christianize a Roman (pagan) festival celebrating the ides of February (the 15th) which was the first day of Spring in Rome. This festival, called Lupercalia, was all about purification of citizen's homes - Spring cleaning - as well as a fertility festival dedicated to Faunus, the God of agriculture, and to Romulus and Remus.