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V-day should hold relevance everyday

Ivana Pelisek | Interrobang | Opinion | February 8th, 2010



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Society frowns upon those who don't partake in such joyous activities as buying expensive bouquets of flowers, sending over-the-top phony love letters that should in fact be considered the other 364 days out of the year, or perhaps spending an arm and a leg on designer jewelry. Am I the only one that finds this (V-Day) somewhat comical and pointless to say the least?

Why is it that I am almost made to feel guilty when asked by I don't know, let's say a sales associate, why I'm not buying some over-the-top gift for that special someone in my life? Whether attached or single, I have a pretty clear idea of what my answer to that question would wound up being.

Needless to say, not being a fan of Valentine's Day myself, I can at least try to comment on why certain people would want to take in the joys of this once-a-year “special” type of a day. The one day that is so easy to remember because it is overly emphasized a couple months prior like any other holiday.

Really?

I don't know, but on my end it has always meant another girls' night out with my bestest girlfriends.

Getting dolled up and going out for a night on the town has always seemed a better fit for us anyhow.

As a matter of fact, for as long as I can remember even if we did have a special someone in our lives, a girls night out was deemed more appropriate and truthfully a hell of a lot more fun.

Valentine's Day or Saint Valentine's Day (however you wish to look at this annual billion dollar industry) is a holiday that is celebrated by most around the globe on February 14.

The traditional day is meant to represent how lovers feel toward one another and so they express this undying love by sending cards, or flowers or whatever tickles their fancy.

This particular holiday is named after two early Christian martyrs named Valentine.

Courtly love was first associated with romantic love during the middle ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished, according to Geoffrey Chaucer, a philospher.

An alternative theory, noted that Belarus states that the holiday originates from the story of Saint Valentine, who was rejected by his mistress. Upon his rejection he was terribly heartbroken so he decided to take a knife to his chest and sent his mistress his still-beating heart as a token of his undying love he had for her. Because of this theory, heart-shaped cards are now sent as a tribute for his pain and suffering he encountered by being rejected.

Now is that really a reason why we as a society should celebrate Valentine's Day?

Aside from how V-Day is a holiday, why must lovers celebrate specifically on this given day? And too many people go over-the-top simply because they have to.

I find it too easy to pick up a bouquet of flowers, send that special box of chocolates or anything in relation to this day.

The idea of romance should not be so significant on one specific day out of the year. How about lovers showcase how they truly feel about one another throughout the course of one year, and not on one day that is so blatantly obvious?

This, I remind you, is strictly my opinion and in no way shape or form do I expect for someone else to share the same feelings towards this holiday, but simply put I believe that it should feel like V-Day everyday, and lovers should feel the love between one another for no other reason simply because they want to, not because they are made to (or made to feel guilty if they don't partake).

The little notes, the thank-you for being you cards and out of the ordinary little acts of kindness are what matters to me; and doing them because you want to, not because someone says it's the proper thing to do.
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