(also in singularLupercal /ˈlo͞opərˌkal/)
noun[usually treated as singular]
An ancient Roman festival of purification and fertility, held annually on February 15.
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- Valentine's Day has its origins in the ancient Roman feast of Lupercalia, an annual festival held on Feb.15 to help keep dangerous wolves away from townspeople and their crops.
- However, the customs connected with the day also probably derive from an ancient Roman festival called Lupercalia, which took place every February 15.
- February 15 was the date of the Roman festival of Lupercalia - the Wolf - where young men held a lottery to decide which girl would be theirs.
Latin, neuter plural of lupercalis 'relating to Lupercus', Roman equivalent of the Greek god Pan.
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- Anyway, it seems the Lupercalian festival changed as the Romans moved north into France and Britain.
- It became associated with Lupercalian festivals and, as a result, was condemned by the early Christian Church.
- The date fell during the Roman Lupercalian celebrations, which were associated with fertility and sexuality.
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