Saint Valentine’s Day, commonly shortened to Valentine’s Day, is a holiday observed on February 14 honoring one or more early Christian martyrs named Saint Valentine. It is traditionally a day on which lovers express their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards (known as “valentines”).The day first became associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished. It was first established by Pope Gelasius I in 496 AD, and was later deleted from the General Roman Calendar of saints in 1969 by Pope Paul VI.
February 14th is probably one of the most anticipated (by which I mean dreaded) days of the year. Valentines Day is upon us once more *insert joke about how many cards/wedding proposals I received or something about our postman’s bag being especially heavy this morning*
Valentines day can be pretty stressful and it is usually men and singletons who bear the brunt of it. I just saw a competition for women on facebook “tell us how your Mr Right has suprised You this Valentines”. I can imagine men thinking “I’m Mr Right and I have to surprise you? Will a curry and a DVD not do you?”On Valentines day men must must live up to the female chick flick fantasy and protests such as “I don’t need a DAY to be romantic, I’m always romantic” or “Id rather be spontaneous” will not be tolerated. Even women who insist that they think the day is completely ridiculous and of course they don’t expect a present are usually lying. They are deep down hoping that their partner will be transformed into Ryan Gosling as Noah in The Notebook or will pull a Mr Darcy, wrestle their rivals in a fountain and save their girlfriend from a stint in a Thai jail (OK that might be a bit far).
Men may intend to be original but a last minute panic can often result in girlfriends beind subjected to one of these:
Single people are even worse off. In the same ways as New Years Eve brings it’s pressure to go out and have a “good time”, on Valentines day couples have to do something to show that they are loved up, while single people have some other sort of event to prove that they are cool with their singleness. It’s really not important, its just another day but we still notice it go by. We find ourselves casually asking friends “so em what are you doing for valentines day?” (read “PLEASEsayI’mnottheonlypersonstayinginandwatchingTVwithmymumanddad”). Even that ridiculous teddy starts to look kind of cute. Romantic even. I’m not really sure what most single people do on valentines day, stay in and eat chocolate? perform some kind of ritual burning of an ex’s belongings? go on a girls night out and talk about how useless men are (but still try to kiss one at the end of the night) ? But I do know that the day has some kind of hold on us that makes us act in crazy ways.
So if it’s such a dreadful day do I think we’d be better off without it? Probably not. Yes it’s cheesy, its full of cliches, it’s awkward and embarrassing, but I guess I still think nice that we have a day to celebrate love. It’s a wonderful human emotion. Whether we are in a relationship or single our lives are all full of people we love. So to all the people I love (if you are reading my blog you are probably one of them) happy valentines day! 🙂