The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on February 3, 1986 · Page 20
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 20

Salina, Kansas
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Monday, February 3, 1986
Page 20
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HISTORY OF VALENTINE'S DAY Who started all this valentine-sending business that has been going on for hundreds of years and who was St. Valentine, anyway? Many hundreds of years ago in the days of the Roman festivals to pagan gods, there was a feast called the Luper- calia, celebrated in honor of the gods Juno and Pan. It was the custom at this feast for the young male Romans to put into a box the names of maidens and then draw the names out by chance. The maiden whose name was chosen became the young man's partner for the Lupercalia Festival. With the introduction of Christianity all the pagan rites (because they were done in honor of heathen gods) were eradicated. But the people had become so accustomed to the rituals of their various holidays and festivals that it was impossible to do away with them entirely. Therefore, in the year 496 A.D., Pope Galasius of Rome chose a different patron as a sort of substitute for the observance of the day. The Luper- calia had come on February 15th. At the same time of the year (February 14th to be exact) more than two hundred years before, a Bishop by the name of Valentine had been executed on Palestine Hill where once had stood the altar to Pan. The Christian Church decided that St. Valentine should be honored on this day, in place of the Lupercalia Festival. St. Valentine's day then took on the old customs of the Luper- calia of ancient Rome, many of which still remain. There is very little known of the life of the patron Saint of February 14th, Bishop Valentine. Some historians have claimed that he has been confused with another St. Valentine, who lived during Emperor Claudis' time and was imprisoned for marrying couples secretly when the Emperor, on some pretext, had forbidden the marriages to take place. The best authorities, however, place our St. Valentine as being the churchman who was beaten and beheaded on February 14, 269 A.D., because he had cured his jailkeeper's daughter of blindness! On the morning of his execution, he is said to have sent her a farewell message signed, "From your Valentine". When he was buried (as the story goes) a pink almond tree near his grave burst into bloom as a symbol of lasting love..-. FRIDAY — SATURDAY — SUNDAY, FEB. 21—22 — 23 FRIDAY — SATURDAY — SUNDAY, FEB. 21—22 — 23 21st Ambuc Leisure Living And Sports Show OVER 100 EXHIBITS Salina Bicentennial Center Friday, Feb. 21 • Saturday, Feb. 22 • Sunday, Feb. 23 5pm-10pm 1Oam-9pm Ham-Spm FREE PRIZES! Hundreds of dollars worth of prizes will be given away. * Lifetime Fishing License (Kansas Resident) * Side of Beef *1O Speed Bike * Hunting Equipment World Champion Royals Pendants to be given away ADMISSION Adults: $2.00 _. . . _ ,_ Children: $1.00 * FlShing Equipment Children under 12: FREE * Many, Many More Hunter Safety Course Offered SAUNA BICENTENNIAL CENTER ,, ,.' , ' •' -" February 22v K _, ;r ,:,,,.;. 1 0 9p- February 23 ; ,l,.w ...... ..;... ,1 1 am-5 pm ^ ^ , l s " " •-'•-• • - ' ' + Adml**lon at g*t: $2.00 ADMISSION WITH THIS TICKET: $1.00 peiwnpef guest ticket, please. FRIDAY —SATURDAY — SUNDAY, FEB. 21 — 22 - 23 FRIDAY — SATURDAY — SUNDAY, FEB. 21—22 — 23

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