Yes, I know you’re all thinking “But Tom, you have a girlfriend.” Yes, I do, but that doesn’t mean that St. Valentine’s Day doesn’t suck. How many of you actually know the origin of this wonderful holiday? Two, maybe three of you? Well, as with most holidays, there is a religious background. The religion of choice for St. Valentine’s Day is the Catholic tradition.
Here’s the story…
There exists more than one Saint Valentine, but we shall focus on one for our purposes.
Saint Valentine lived circa 260 A.D. in Rome. He was a priest who came into some trouble with the Roman government of the day. He was apprehended and jailed. While he was in jail, it is said that he sent love letters to the guardsman’s daughter. While Valentine was jailed, he was forced to renounce his faith by the emporer or Rome. The Emporer also commanded that he be beaten with clubs and then beheadded. His excution is said to have taken place on February 14, 270 A.D.
Another common myth about the origins of the “lovers” tradition comes from England. It is said that in the middle of the second month of the year, the birds start pairing off and mating.
“For this was sent on Seynt Valentyne’s day
Whan every foul cometh ther to choose his mate.”
-Chaucer Parliament of Foules
Hence the tradition of Saint Valentine’s Day being a day for lovers.
Today it has been transformed, by Corporate America, into a commercial holiday. Until I did some research on the topic this morning, I was under the impression that it was a holiday created merely for the greeting card, flower and chocolate businesses. Now that I actually understand the stories of St. Valentine’s Day, I respect the holiday.
The reason that I say St. Valentine’s Day still sucks is because of how Corporate America has transformed it. I only say this because I don’t think I have made it clear with what I have written so far. I will never completely understand why Corporate America feels the need to ruin every holiday by saying “It’s ::insert holiday name here:: Day, you need to get your loved one(s) this ::insert product name here::.” Can’t we just celebrate and remember why we have the holiday or who the day is named after?
The End-of-the-Blog Rundown
Song of the Day – 54-46 That’s My Number/Ball and Chain – Sublime
Hero of the Day – John and Tim for calling me to say hello last night while I was standing in the middle of Maxwell Street.
Quote of the Day – Tieing me back into your pants is not the best way to get me out of them. –Erin
Beatles Trivia, Question 3
Here are the answers to Question 2:
John Lennon was in a band known as The Quarrymen. They played a style of music popular in England at the time, known as Skiffle. John met Paul at the Woolton Parish Church in Garden Fete on Saturday July 6, 1957.
- Who were the members of The Quarrymen?
- What was the full name of the band before most of it was dropped and they became simply The Beatles?
- With whom did they perform as the back-up band under the name “The Beat Brothers”?
Pretty easy one.
e-mail me your responses 🙂 firstname.lastname@example.org