Valentine’s Day is here again and I’m considering hiding under the duvet until February 15th.
The Internet, shops and magazines have been pushing their clichés at me for the last month – how to show your loved one you care, how to have the perfect Valentine's Day, how to find a Valentine, all the way through to lonely on Valentine's Day. These usually sociable outlets are just short of offering me a hammer to dent my single status pride with.
When I was little, I adored Valentine's Day. I always had lots of little school romances when having many ‘boyfriends’ from the one class wasn’t considered a faux pas. I would spend hours decorating my cards with such heartfelt love and glitter, what was not to love?
These days however Valentine's Day is accredited with a lot more than glitter and innocence. The pressure of the day is frightening to singles and couples alike with the latter having to constantly trump last year’s flowers and chocolates with weekends away and jewellery just to prove that the spark still exists. All the while my fellow singletons and I face societal leprosy!
But as much as I want to ridicule Valentine's Day and all that it represents, the little girl within me won’t allow me to lose that glittery innocence.
So, will I go out this weekend to try and nab myself a bloke for Valentine's Day? Probably, but it will be no different to any other weekend when I wish upon that lovely star for Prince Charming to materialise in Coppers. It probably won't happen, but will I ever stop trying? I don’t think so, not until every rock is turned, every frog snogged and the clubs still let me in their doors.
So here’s to being single (or not) on February 14th!
Did you know…
There are various theories on the origin of Valentine's Day, but the most popular dates back to the time of the Roman Empire during the reign of Claudius II, 270 AD. Claudius didn't want men to marry during wartime because he believed single men made better soldiers. Bishop Valentine went against his wishes and performed secret wedding ceremonies. For this, Valentine was jailed and then executed by order of the emperor on February 14. While in jail, he wrote a love note to the jailor's daughter signing it, "From your Valentine."
The ancient Romans celebrated the Feast of Lupercalia on February 14 in honor of Juno, the queen of the Roman gods and goddesses. Juno was also the goddess of women and marriage.
Many believe the 'X' symbol became synonymous with the kiss in medieval times. People who couldn't write their names signed in front of a witness with an 'X.' The 'X' was then kissed to show their sincerity.
Girls of medieval times ate bizarre foods on St. Valentine's Day to help them to dream of their future spouse.