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    Kyouri Kai
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    Happy Valentine's Day!

    Post by Kyouri Kai on Sat 14 Feb 2009, 1:33 pm



    A take on the origins of Valentine's Day from holidays.net:

    "The first Valentinus, Valentine of Rome, was a priest and doctor, who treated even those patients who could not afford to pay him. The second Saint Valentine was beheaded for protecting Christians from the Romans. And the third is Valentine of Terni, a bishop believed killed during the persecution of Emperor Aurelian.

    While these saints likely bestowed upon Valentines Day its name, they still do not explain the holiday's love connection. To understand that, one has to go back even further in history - to the Romans.

    Historians believe that the holiday of love derives its origins from the ancient Roman feast of Lupercalia. On February 15, the Romans celebrated the Feast of Lupercus, to honor and thank the wolf god who watched over the Roman shepherds and their flocks.

    While Lupercus doesn't seem to have much to do with romance, there was a number of fertility customs associated with his feast. In one of these rituals, women would put their names on slips of paper in a box, to be drawn out by men. The two would then be coupled up for the duration of the festival - or for the rest of the year in some cases. This fertility-friendly feast gives some clue as to the romantic - or at least procreative - nature of the holiday. But we don't celebrate Saint Lupercus Day on February 14th. So, how did the Valentine saints become associated with the Roman god?

    Legend has it that in the 3rd century, the Roman emperor Claudius II banned marriages to prevent draft dodgers. Only single men had to go into the army - and too many young men were getting married.

    A Christian priest named Valentinus of Rome ignored the ban, continuing to officiate marriages in secret. Valentinus was caught and sentenced to death - an order carried out on February 14. Another story tells of a priest named Valentinus who was jailed and later executed for helping Christians. He fell for his jailer's daughter and sent her plaintiff love notes signed "from your Valentine".

    In the late 5th century, Emperor Gelasius declared February 14th a holy day in honor of Valentinus (probably the first, but perhaps the second), allowing Christianity to adopt some of the love day customs previously associated with paganism.

    The traditions were reworked, however, to honor the Christian martyrs. For example, instead of boys pulling girls' names from boxes, both boys and girls chose names of martyred saints to emulate for the year.

    It took nearly nine centuries, until the advent of the Renaissance, for Valentines Day to return to its earlier love-based roots. With Romantic art, poetry and music flourishing, the time was ripe for a celebration of love."


    This doesn't really explain why Valentine's Day has turned into a commercial holiday mainly for women, tho. All the commercials show that it's a day the man goes out and spends money on either diamond jewelry, chocolates, balloons, flowers, or a combination of any or all them. I suppose one could assume that with the ancient pagan rites of fertility, there was a symblance and reverence for the feminine, and the carrying on of this tradition is what Valentine's Day is truly meant to be. However, there is already a day for that known as Ostara (Easter). Guess it just goes to show that pagans are more willing to spread the love? And before anyone gets upset over that last statement.. I am by no means a religious person, and can often be found spouting against any sort of organized institutional religious theories.

    None-the-less.. Happy Valentine's Day to you all!
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    Re: Happy Valentine's Day!

    Post by stan_da_man on Sat 14 Feb 2009, 10:31 pm

    And my friend says it's a cover up of the St Valentine's Massacre in 1929 lol
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    Re: Happy Valentine's Day!

    Post by Lrules364 on Mon 16 Feb 2009, 10:13 pm

    Valentines day is an insignificant worthless day. it is just a way for card and flower companys to make their money. and all the people that buy into to this are (in a sense) stimulating the economy. but besides this big money maker, it is just a dark day filled with sadness:cry: and darkness. the people who do not have a significant other end up alone and unhappy. while everyone else goes around 'in love' and rubs it in their face. then the people without a significant other ends up an emotional mess and turns to alcohol and drugs. so every year it repeats, and it eventually causes insanity. that is the way 'the others' live their lives on valentines day. did anybody ever think of them instead of theirselfs on valentines day?? I bet not. *sigh* Oh well, i know what it feels like.
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    Re: Happy Valentine's Day!

    Post by Kyouri Kai on Mon 16 Feb 2009, 11:09 pm

    The same could be said about Christmas. But my personal view on Valentine's Day is that we should show love every day of the year, not just one. True, it is a holiday, as is Mother's Day, Father's Day, birthdays, etc, and it is supposed to be a simple reminder to take time out to adore the one you love. I just don't get why people need to be reminded to love someone in a special way if they are already specially in love with that person to begin with.
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    Re: Happy Valentine's Day!

    Post by Brutefox16 on Tue 17 Feb 2009, 7:02 pm

    I agree with both L and you Kyo. I don't think someone needs a holiday to make a love one feel special, everday should be their holiday. Even if it is taken 5 mins out of the day to tell them how special they are... cute
    Although my friend doesn't seem to mind, he got chocolates, 22 roses (his age), a steak dinner, and Jacuze (not sure on spelling, sorry) He said him and his Bf a really good date. *Shrug* Don't know about you guys, but steak an a Jacuze doesn't sound bad to me...
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    Re: Happy Valentine's Day!

    Post by Kyouri Kai on Wed 18 Feb 2009, 12:16 am

    Yes, steak and a jacuzzi do sound nice, but how much nicer would it be if it were a spur of the moment love surprise rather than being something done just because it's Valentine's Day? It's nice to see that so many agree, love should be shown everyday, not just one day.
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    Re: Happy Valentine's Day!

    Post by Lrules364 on Wed 18 Feb 2009, 1:24 pm

    Yea, I am with you two on that one.
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    Re: Happy Valentine's Day!

    Post by *TsuBasa* on Wed 18 Feb 2009, 7:08 pm

    I get where you guys are coming from too and agree completely. But sadly sometimes certain couples just need that little reminder...
    even then i'm sure this is a nice holiday for new couples to get a little boost in their relationship, lol.
    my v-day wasn't too special. i guess in a good note it was almost like any other day (a good sign for metaloxide and i?). we both had to work tho. >.<
    I made him a heartshaped chocolate fudge cake. In japan girls traditionally give chocolate (honmei choco) to the guy of their choice. I did that for mine. ^^
    He seemed to like it. It's a fun excuse to do a little more...
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    Re: Happy Valentine's Day!

    Post by blackmamba on Sun 01 Mar 2009, 3:51 pm

    I spent my Valentine's Day with my entire batch, and the Juniors as well. It was our Prom! I think it was an awesome way to spend the day... not only did I get to be with my guy, I also got to be with my friends and his friends. :')

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