from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A fertility festival in ancient Rome, celebrated on February 15 in honor of the pastoral god Lupercus.
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- proper n. An ancient pastoral festival observed in mid-February to avert evil spirits and purify the city.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n.pl. A feast of the Romans in honor of Lupercus, or Pan.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- One of the most ancient of Roman festivals, celebrated every year in the middle of February.
• Pagan ritual stolen from a Roman fertility festival called Lupercalia; a fertility festival dedicated to Faunus, the Roman god of agriculture, as well as to the Roman founders Romulus and Remus
Others tie the the day to an ancient Roman feast that had tones of romance called Lupercalia, which took place on February 15.
The Romans were celebrating their festival, called the Lupercalia, when Caesar, in his triumphal habit, and seated above the Rostra in the market-place, was a spectator of the sports.
A heathen deity of Italy, Lupercus, the guardian of their flocks and pastures, has also been identified with Pan, and in whose honour annual rural festivals, known as Lupercalia, were observed.
 The Lupercalia was a festival, celebrated in a place called the
The Romans were celebrating their festival, called the Lupercalia, when Cæsar, in his triumphal habit, and seated above the Rostra in the market-place, was a spectator of the sports.
It is said that the festival of the Lupercalia, which is still observed, was even in those days celebrated on the Palatine hill.
The early church cleaned up and Christianized a raunchy Roman fertility festival called Lupercalia that we now celebrate as Valentine's Day.
Roman fertility festival called Lupercalia that we now celebrate as Valentine's Day.
Valentine's Day originated from the Roman celebration called Lupercalia, which was held on February 15th.