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Hello February

February : Named after the latin term Februum which means purification.

Today it’s most famous for Valentine’s day.

Valentine’s Day they say started with the ancient Romans. The middle of February being considered the start of spring. The feast of Lupercalia was on the 15th February. Valentine was a temple priest who was beheaded by the emperor Claudius on the 14th February for helping Christian couples wed.  Confusingly he beheaded two Valentine’s on the same day. The other being a Bishop.  The Catholic Church honoured one or both, it is not clear but in the year 496, Valentine’s Day was created.

And here’s a favourite Shakespeare Sonnet about marriage and love

Sonnet 116: Let me not to the marriage of true minds

Let me not to the marriage of true minds

Admit impediments. Love is not love

Which alters when it alteration finds,

Or bends with the remover to remove:

O no; it is an ever-fixed mark,

That looks on tempests, and is never shaken;

It is the star to every wandering bark,

Whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken.

Love’s not Time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks

Within his bending sickle’s compass come;

Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,

But bears it out even to the edge of doom.

   If this be error and upon me proved,

 I never writ, nor no man ever loved.