origin of Valentine’s Day

14 02 2007

I like to look at the origins of holidays, and today’s a famous holiday, so I glanced online to see where it came from.  (or Saint Valentinus) refers to one or more martyred saints of ancient Rome from the third century A.D.  So the celebration was originated as a tribute to Christian martyrs.  Does that mean the ACLU and various other “special interest” groups will come after it, to remove the Christian connotations from it?  No, because now it’s about giving flowers and cards and chocolate to loved ones.  (That’s not to imply that that’s a bad thing.)

Here’s a bit of modern trivia about from Wikipedia :

The Greeting Card Association estimates that approximately one billion valentines are sent each year worldwide, making the day the second largest card-sending holiday of the year behind Christmas.  The association estimates that women purchase approximately 85 percent of all valentines.

I think it’s good to have a day where we are reminded to tell our spouse how much we love them, because we sometimes take them for granted.  However, I think the holiday has become way too commercialized and stuck in tradition…




One response

20 05 2008

Wow, thats so cool! =D I never knew that all these years! You’re on my favorite link list buddy!


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