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Lupercalia: The Origin of St. Valentine’s Day

Saturday, February 14th, 2015

Many people may think of Valentine’s Day as a holiday essentially created by card and gift companies, but the truth is that the holiday has long-standing roots going back to the Roman Empire. The name “Lupercalia” has its origins in the word “lupus”, which means wolf, and the reason for this is that according to Roman pagan religion, the she-wolf Lupa nursed the two orphaned infants Romulus and Remus, the founders of Rome.

The Festival

The Festival of Lupercalia spanned two days each February, from February 13th to 15th. The festival was about fertility and was led by Luperci priests, known as “brothers of the wolf”. The festival was serious with intention (fertility) but was executed as quite a romp for both the priests and citizens of Rome. The process was this: two male goats and a dog were sacrificed at the beginning of the festival by the priests; two young Luperci were then anointed with the blood from the animals, and the hides of the animals were cut into straps. As food and drink flowed, the male priests would run around the city wearing nothing but thongs made from the animal skins, and they also carried a strap from one of the sacrificed animals. The strap was used to strike the palms of Roman women waiting for the priests in the city, as it was believed that being hit with the strap could help with infertility issues and a safe, healthy labor for women who were pregnant.

The Transition to St. Valentine’s Day

The Christian influence of the holiday came around the 5th century. The Roman Empire was still strong, but Christianity was rapidly taking hold throughout the world. It is believed that to try and remove the paganism from the holiday, the deaths of two men, supposedly both named Valentine, were added into the mix. During the 3rd and 4th centuries, a law created by Claudius II forbade young men eligible for military service to marry, because Rome wanted a strong army. The two men named Valentine were priests, and married young couples in secret. Both were found out and executed on February 14th, although in separate years. The Church made Valentine a saint (they chose one), and Lupercalia became St. Valentine’s Day.

Here’s wishing you and your loved ones a Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014
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Memorial Day

Monday, May 27th, 2013

During the final Monday of May every year, we commemorate those military personnel who have died in service to their country. Formerly known as Decoration Day, probably because of the way that graveyards were decorated with flowers, Memorial Day came to prominence in the wake of the American Civil War, which left the country war-torn, with many casualties on both sides. Since that time, it has been a day of remembering those who have given up the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

As you go about town on your day off from work, you’ll probably see an abundance of flags and flowers, as well as public commemorations such as parades. While this day has been turned into the last leg of a three-day weekend, it’s important to reflect on the way that our military personnel have shaped our country, and to remember their contribution to the way we live today. We at Brooks Plumbing Company, wish you all the best on Memorial Day.

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Happy New Year’s Eve!

Monday, December 31st, 2012

Everyone at Brooks Plumbing wants to wish you a very happy New Year! We hope you have a fun (and safe!) time saying goodbye to 2012 and welcoming in the New Year!

Remember, if you haven’t already scheduled your annual plumbing maintenance; make sure to contact us today.  Annual maintenance is the most effective way to minimize the risk of major damages and will cut down on repair costs. Start the New Year off with smooth running plumbing; contact the Olympia plumbers at Brooks Plumbing today.

Happy New Year from Brooks Plumbing!

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Happy Holidays from your Ham Lake Plumbers!

Friday, December 21st, 2012

Everyone at Brooks Plumbing wishes you a very happy holiday! We would like to take a moment to thank all our wonderful customers who make it possible for our business to thrive. We look forward to working with you in the New Year. Have a wonderful celebration, and enjoy this time with friends and family!

As a quick reminder, if you haven’t already scheduled your annual plumbing maintenance, make sure to contact us today.  Annual maintenance is the most effective way to minimize the risk of major damages and will not only cut down on repair costs, but it also ensures that your home’s plumbing system is running as efficiently as possible. A comfortable, efficient home is a gift that everyone can appreciate.

Happy Holidays from Brooks Plumbing!

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Check Out Our Blog for the Latest in Plumbing Technology

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

Be sure to bookmark the Brooks Plumbing Co. blog for updates on the latest advances in Plumbing technology.

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Welcome to Our New Website

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

iMarket Solutions has launched Brooks Plumbing Co.’s new custom website. To learn more about how iMarket Solutions can expand your presence on the web visit: www.imarketsolutions.com

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