Posted by: soupysays | February 14, 2006

V-day

Valentine’s Day has never really bothered me that much.

I guess it is because that my mom always made a nice dinner and gave me and my brother small gifts. I never felt “left out” in high school for not having a Valentine. Now, I realize that it is not the best way for Mom to spend the holiday – cooking like any other day. I also think my dad’s yearly gift of a dozen roses is pretty lame.

Maybe Valentine’s isn’t a big deal because that Russell Stover chocolates taste awful. Or maybe it is because I really enjoy giving my 20 something friends those Valentines you were forced to give your classmates in elementary school because “I love Mud” Valentines are just plain fun.

And for those that complain about the fact it is made of holiday by card companies etc, we ain’t got nothing on South Korea’s Pepero Day

However, this year, I have spent a lot of time thinking about my favorite Valentine’s Day celebrations. All those memories involve friends who helped me celebrate the holiday in a very non-traditional way. I am a lucky woman.

But in the more traditional, cheesey, cutesy vein, I bring you this. Kitties!


Responses

  1. I forgot to get a girlfriend

  2. I always thought that the holiday was created by greedy candy coperations to boost sales, but there is also evidence that it was created to cover up a pegan holiday.

    An excerpt from wikipedia:

    “The history of Valentine’s day can be traced back to a Catholic Church feast day, in honor of Saint Valentine. The day’s associations with romantic love arrived after the High Middle Ages, during which the concept of courtly love, which had a large impact on the modern Western conception of love, was formulated.

    The association of the middle of February with love and fertility dates to ancient times. In the calendar of Ancient Athens, the period between mid January and mid February was the month of Gamelion, which was dedicated to the sacred marriage of Zeus and Hera.

    In Ancient Rome, the day of February 15 was Lupercalia, the festival of Lupercus, the god of fertility, who was represented as half-naked and dressed in goat skins. As part of the purification ritual, the priests of Lupercus would sacrifice goats to the god, and after drinking wine, they would run through the streets of Rome holding pieces of the goat skin above their heads, touching anyone they met. Young women especially would come forth voluntarily for the occasion, in the belief that being so touched would render them fruitful and bring easy childbirth.”

    Interesting. Would have loved to live in acient Rome just for the holidays. They really knew how to party!

  3. hey…hope the day went good. when are you coming to see me?

  4. I nub boo.


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