Normally, when we hear or think about the holiday, we associate it with doing something special with our significant other. This is around the time of the year last year when I got depressed because I didn’t have a significant other to cherish life with. And sometime next week is the Sadie’s dance.
Now, this may seem obvious to you guys, but Valentines’ Day isn’t just about spending time with that special someone. It’s also about appreciation. You’re probably thinking “Don’t we appreciate our parents, friends, teachers, and family members all the time?” Supposedly, yes. However, there are those frustrating moments in life when differences blind the good things that your parents give you in life. In my view, Valentines’ Day is a special day in reminder of your appreciation of the person(s) you appreciate.
There are many stories behind the actual origin of the special holiday; one contending of the commemoration of St. Valentine’s death and another saying that the Christian Church made an effort to try to “Christianize” the pagan celebration of Lupercalia, a fertility festival dedicated to Faunus, the Roman god of agriculture, as well as to the Roman founders Romulus and Remus. To begin this festival, members of the Luperci are said to gather at a sacred cave where the infants Romulus and Remus were believed to have been cared for by a she-wolf or lupa. The priests would sacrifice a goat, for fertility, and a dog, for purification. Then they would strip the goat’s hide into strips, dip them into the sacrificial blood and take to the streets, gently slapping both women and crop fields with the goat hide. It wasn’t until later during the Middle Ages, that because it was believed February 14th is the start of the birds’ mating season, the day was officially declared as a day for romance.
Interesting how some present day events came about in history eh? Anyway, regardless of whether or not you have a significant other to share the day with, tell your parents how much you love them. It may seem awkward, but at least they know you care about them. Also, to make it further look like you actually mean it rather than because it’s Valentines’ Day, give them a small gift, or even a Valentines’ card. Show them how much you appreciate them. I know I will. Last but not least, happy Valentines’ Day! (Or if you really want to go there, happy Singles’ Awareness Day.)