The festival dates from the Roman Feast of Lupercalia on Feb14th. During the reign of Emperor Claudius II he ran several unpopular wars. He found it tough to get soldiers so he he cancelled marriages. Saint Valentine defied the order & secretly married couples, when discovered, he was killed on February 14, 270 AD. CMDA has created a graphic for Ecobelle to celebrate the festival of Love, to light your passion!