I look forward to VALENTINE’S DAY each year. I admit to being a romantic at heart. That’s probably why even my mystery novels always have a romantic element in them.
The day had its origin with the Romans. The fertility celebration known as the Lupercalia eventually became the Christian Valentine's holiday. The Lupercalia festival was partly in honor of Lupa, the she-wolf who in legend nursed the infant orphan twins,
and Remus, supposed
founders of the city of Romulus in 753 B.C. The pagan
festival was also in honor of the Roman god Lupercus who was the god of
There are several different stories connected to three early Christian martyrs who came to be collectively called “Saint Valentine”. Besides becoming associated with love and romance, the holiday continued as a feast day.
Valentine’s Day is also the anniversary of my older son, Andrew Seewald, who is an attorney in
. He and his wife met as grad students at New Brunswick, NJ . They were married before a judge on Valentine’s Day in 2003. My
husband and I were their witnesses. After a lovely brunch at a local hotel,
bride and groom drove a hundred miles so Andrew could defend a client in a
courtroom in another county. They finally got a honeymoon several months later.
It made no difference; they are still very happy together and in love. In fact,
their wedding was the most romantic one I’ve ever attended. Rutgers University
No matter how dreary February might be, I always feel cheerful on Valentine’s Day. I enjoy reading and writing romance novels and short stories year round. But Valentine’s Day is special.
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Is Valentine’s Day special for you? What is your favorite holiday? Why?