Should we keep Valentine’s Day? – #RedThursday

Now, don’t get your knickers in a twist.

First, you must understand that Valentine’s Day is a myth, a myth created by a catholic pope in the hopes of curing Rome of its vile/hedonistic behavior.

1st, a history lesson.

Mid-February from February 13th-15th, Rome celebrated the pagan festival Lupercalia. The celebration was a way to banish evil spirits and promote fertility.

The festival began with the sacrifice by the head pagan priest of two male goats and a dog.

A feast followed, after which young men cut pieces of skins from the goats and ran around the city with pieces of animal skin in their hands that they used to whip anyone they came close to. Women would line up at the city walls to get lashed by them, supposedly to ensure fertility and to ease the pain of childbirth. (Sounds like fun to me.)

In the 5th century, when christianity had taken over Rome and paganism was outlawed, the pope of that time did what other popes did before him. He took a pagan holiday and christianized it. He proclaimed February 14th a day of love.

If we went back before Lupercalia, it grew out of Februa, which was a Spring cleansing ritual – which incidentally is why this month is actually called February (Februarius).

Okay, history lesson over.

Now to the facts – Valentine’s Day is advertised as a day of love. We have all been brought up with that idea – that if you are loved, then you will get one of the following on Feb 14th:

  • Chocolate
  • Roses
  • Diamonds (Don’t even get me started on the history of the diamond push by DeBeers)
What do any of those have to do with love?

This has become the ultimate commercial holiday. This isn’t about love, its about how to make a buck! 

How many women out there complain because their husband/boyfriend waited until the last moment and then brought home some lame gift… just because it is V-day and he knows he will be in trouble if he doesn’t so he picks up the first thing he sees on the way home?
How many men have to deal with the sudden ‘if you love her/him, you will BUY ‘this’ for them this February 14th’?

How many people sit home alone knowing they will NOT be receiving anything this season?

What happened to showing you love someone just for the fucking hell of it? Let’s be honest. It MEANS more if you do something because you don’t HAVE to.
So, let’s banish Valentine’s day. Why?
  • Puts the emphasis of love on 1 day and ignores it the other 364. 
  • Makes those who aren’t loved feel a million times worse. 
  • Has become a purely commercial holiday… and it means NOTHING! 
  • Valentine’s day is not about love. It is about stress.

Wouldn’t it be better to celebrate love when it really means something?

  • Pick up a flower just for the hell of it because it is her/his favorite. 
  • Fix dinner tonight even though it is his/her turn because you want to show them how much they mean to you.
  • Celebrate love every day. Love yourself.

There is a song in Alice in Wonderland. “A Very Merry Unbirthday to Us.” Maybe we need to start celebrating a “Very Happy Non-Valentine’s Day”.

Love should be boundless and from the heart. Valentine’s day is exclusionary and is a veritable commercial nightmare. End the madness. Stop celebrating Valentine’s Day. Instead, celebrate love 365 days a year.

How about going back to Lupercalia? Take out the sacrificing of the animals, put some whips in some hands and that sounds like a fun night out…

For those, like me, who have nobody to celebrate this day with, I have released an erotic story I wrote about masturbation. Currently it is available on All Romance eBooks.  It will be available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble some time today! Lights! Camera! Ecstasy! – Watch for it. After all, you always have someone to ‘love’ you, even if it is yourself;)

PS – I am all for getting Lupercalia reinstated. Who’s with me?

photo credit: mark sebastian via photopin cc

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