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Saint Valentine’s Day: The True Story

Valentine’s Day was created almost 2000 years ago by the greeting card companies in ancient Rome.  The day originally honoured 14 martyrs, people who choose to die rather than renounce their beliefs, who became known collectively as Saint Valentinus.  Back then the cards would contain messages like ‘good on you for not renouncing your beliefs’ or ‘I hope you chose the right religion because you’re about to find out for sure’.

Over the years the meaning of Saint Valentine’s Day has changed and, while women still had not got the right to vote, the idea that a man had to court a woman, which became popular in the high middle ages, eventually became associated the day.  Men would show there love by sending cards, flowers and Cadbury’s chocolate to their love.  In those days the cards read more like ‘hey baby, consider yourself courted’ and ‘I’ll love you all knight long’.

Unfortunately, Valentine’s Day was removed from the General Roman Calendar Pope Paul VI, which technically means that Valentine’s Day isn’t really a holiday at all.  So you’re in a relationship, you’ve spent a fortune on gifts and you’ve just found out that it is you, not your single friend, that is in denial.  What do you do?  You could continue to pretend that Valentine’s Day exists, you could even argue that religious institutions are not the only ones able to deem something a holiday, or you could go the much more impractical route that is suing the greeting card company for leading you on all these years.  Even if you don’t win you can use the case as a way of suggesting some updated messages for the cards.  Think something along the lines of ‘you’re beautiful, but in a strange, why do you have a moustache, kind of way’, ‘once you ignore the outside appearance you’re okay’ or ‘you’re not a supermodel, but, until one comes along, you’ll do’.

Considering a lot of people argue that Valentine’s Day was just created by the greeting card companies, I probably just proved that it’s more of a legitimate holiday than they thought, but still Happy Valentine’s Day.

What do you think?  Do you class Valentine’s Day as a holiday?  Were you single this V-Day?  Have you ever spent a lot of money on someone’s Valentine’s gift?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below, also don’t forget to follow and click the like button, if you liked this post.

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One response

  1. Amy

    Valentines day isnt too bad and all your different card messages through the years are hilarious 😀

    February 18, 2012 at 1:26 pm

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