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Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Valentine's history

Happy Valentine's Day!..

to tell you the truth, I don't believe in spending extra effort and money just for the particular day to prove your undying love to your other half. I mean it was meant to remember a dead guy's sacrifice in uniting lovers right?

Do people who celebrates Valentine's day know the history behind this romantic day of the year? Not really? well let me brief a little of the history for you..

Valentine's celebration originated in 5th Century Rome as a tribute to Saint Valentine, a Catholic bishop. Romans actually practiced a pagan celebration in mid-February in the name of one of their god, Lupercus. And in this celebration, they came up with something like a lottery. Meaning young single girls would write their name on a piece of paper and put it in a box. The guys (lucky bastards) would later draw names from the box and whoever they've pick would become their sex companion for the whole year. Most of them would eventually become husband and wife. To those who are not satisfied with the their 'partner', they can join in next year to search for the "right other half".

During those days, emperor Claudius wanted to build a powerful army of his own. So he decided that young men that are not married yet must join the army and in order to get more of them, he banned marriage all together. (sneaky little fox). This of course made alot of those lovers upset with the decision. That is when Saint Valentine into light. He help those poor couple by secretly marries whoever came to him.The emperor eventually found out about Saint Valentine and at first tried to convert him to paganism, but when the plan fails, he stone and behead Saint Valentine.

So there, well, there are some more myths around it but I'm too lazy to talk about it. But I reckon you guys are too lazy to know about it too. But it does show that nowadays, Valentine's day are celebrated far from what it was meant to be. It became the victim of those who wants to extort extra money from that special day. So take a moment to think what it suppose to mean before you guys go to those expensive restaurant, ordering (extra) expensive dinner and wine. Buying expensive flowers and gifts for each other just because everyone else are doing the same thing.

But of course this came from a guy who doesn't have a date for Valentine. So if you feel that my post for today is full of bull, you can ignore it.

7 Comments:

  • muahhaaa...
    who doesnt love LOVE AFFECTION?
    Love is on the air...
    Happy Valentine's day to u!!

    By Blogger Jo, at 12:14 PM  

  • For a change, I'm glad I'm in Korea where the men lay back, and wait for gifts from women with open arms...

    Happy Valentine's Day!

    http://kurios1978.blogspot.com/2006/02/culture-happy-valentines-from-korea.html

    By Blogger Kurios1978, at 12:50 PM  

  • happy valentine's day to you Joann and Vincent!

    By Blogger hteekay, at 2:02 PM  

  • emperor Claudius

    Claudius the Second. If you leave the 'second' bit off a lot of people will assume it is the first one, as he was the famous one. Claudius II is only really known because of Valentines day, and some people's explanation for V-Day don't even mention him by name.

    Anyway, the truth is on my website ... it even explains Al Capones part in it. :-)

    Have a good day, and be thankful. you have no one to waste hard earned cash on roses at 1000% their normal price! :-)

    By Blogger Dabido, at 5:48 PM  

  • Another story of Valentine ... amen

    By Anonymous louyau, at 8:43 AM  

  • dabido : read your post, it was funny!! hahaaaa, and informative.. in a soprano kinda way.. thank you for correcting me..

    louyau : yeah, I think I should just write against of what I'm thinking. I seem to think mainstream now..

    By Blogger hteekay, at 9:03 AM  

  • I don't know how many more V-Days I can take before I start smiting people.

    By Anonymous Kurt, at 10:52 AM  

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