So tomorrow’s Valentine’s Day. Got a Valentine yet?
No? That’s too bad. But we’re on the same boat.
It sucks right? Though you shouldn’t fret. I mean, it’s not the end of the world. I survived the last 20 years of my life without a date, why would tomorrow be any different?
Airing out what some people would call “bitterness” is not the reason why I’m writing right now. My curiosity is always roused by this celebration. I see red everywhere, hearts plastered in glass walls, heats hanging in the ceiling, hearts in different sizes, shapes and forms anywhere in the mall. There are also those heart-shaped candies and cakes. Urgh. Is it possible to be sick by just the sight of them?
But we can’t deny that it’s good for business. Flower shops, Confectionery stores and Hallmark are having the time of their lives- in the name of commercialism.
Seriously though, what really started Valentine’s Day?
I browse through different sources, while they say the origin is not really clear, one thing always comes up. This anti-single-maiden-and-spinster tradition is in honour of a saint, a Roman priest who died of martyrdom. Actually, there are three saints with names in variation of Valentine to whom this feast originated from, but this particular Valentine is the most famous.
Valentinus was imprisoned for performing weddings to soldiers. You might be wondering why is that a crime. It says that they are forbidden to marry at that time because of their duty to the empire. At the time of his imprisonment, he was said to have healed the daughter of his jailer. It was to this daughter that he wrote a farewell letter before his execution. The letter states, “From your Valentine..”
The Feast of St. Valentine was first associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the High Middle Ages. It was then that the tradition of courtly love flourished.
Eventually, the tradition has evolved into giving out candies, chocolates, flowers and letters. It must be a merry, cheesy day. And there’s also the romantic dates. I can’t believe it actually took root from birds. I mean, February is around the time that spring season starts. It was said that during February 14, birds choose their partners. That’s why, in some part of Sussex, Valentine’s Day is called “The Birds’ Wedding Day”.
All this fuss about romance and love in the air makes me smile, in a good way. Well, it’s still an ordinary day for me, but I love seeing couples getting extra sweet with each other, going out on candlelit dinners and exchanging chocolates. It spreads the good vibes.
Why, for some people, it’s even better than Christmas.
Seriously though, where is Cupid when I need him?
*singing off key to the tune of Vanessa Carlton’s Ordinary Day.*
Sources: from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valentine’s_Day, http://www.stvalentinesday.org/traditions-and-customs.html