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2.13.2012

Have A Heart


For many, Valentine’s Day is a reminder of how their special one feels about them and that can mean anything from receiving diamonds to receiving nothing commercialized.

There is such a gamut of emotions and so many people are caught up in the hoopla that they forget what the day is about. 
Saint Valentine’s Day itself has quite a long history. Commonly observed on February 14th to honor early Christian martyrs named Saint Valentine.

It was first established by Pope Gelasius I in 496 AD, and was later deleted from the General Roman Calendar of saints in 1969 by Pope Paul VI.
In the High Middle Ages, Valentine’s Day first became associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer. 

By the 15th century, it evolved into an celebration in which lovers expressed their love for each other by giving confections, flowers and sending greeting cards (known as valentines.)
What started out as a Christian holiday is even celebrated by atheists all over the world.
Valentine’s Day has various regional customs. In Norfolk, England a character called “Jack Valentine” knocks on the rear door of houses and leaves sweets and presents for children. 

In Wales, many people celebrate Dydd Santes Dwynwen (St Dwynwen’s Day) on January 25 instead of (or as well as) Valentine’s Day. St Dwynwen is the patron saint of Welsh lovers. 
Valentine’s Day in France is known simply as “Saint Valentin.” In Spain, it dons the name “San Valentín” although in Catalonia it is largely superseded by similar festivities of rose and/or book giving on La Diada de Sant Jordi (Saint George's Day). 
The Portuguese and Brazilians refer to it as “Dia dos Namorados” (Lover’s Day/Day). In Brazil, it is celebrated on June 12th, probably because it is the day before Saint Anthony’s day, known as the marriage saint, when traditionally many single women perform popular rituals, called simpatias, in order to find a suitable husband. 


They do simpatias all year round (when they attend the “terrier” [candomblé]) because having a husband is very important (even if they have to steal one or share with another woman, through witchcraft).


In Lisbon, Saint Anthony's Day (Dia do Santo António) is also celebrated on the 12th of June and this is the day when the city hall offers free catholic marriages to more than a dozen couples who apply to this sort of event (a collective catholic wedding). (Thanks for your additions Max)


February 14th is not celebrated mainly for cultural and commercial reasons; it usually falls too little before or after Carnival which can fall anywhere from early February to early March.
The Swedish call it Alla hjärtans dag (All Hearts' Day) launched in the 1960’s by the flower industry’s commercial interests, and due to the influence of American culture. 

It is not an official holiday, but its celebration is recognized and sales of cosmetics and flowers for this holiday are only exceeded by those for Mother’s Day.
So you see, you can make the day what you want it to be. You choose your emotion. Don’t let diamonds, roses, chocolates, restaurant, stuffed teddy bears or anything decide what you feel. 

If those things make you happy regardless, that's fine but it’s really about what’s in your heart. 
If you love everyday, then Valentine’s Day is everyday. You don’t have to celebrate a predetermined day to celebrate love. It’s everyday. 

Thank you all for being my special valentines. 

6 comments:

Max Coutinho 2/16/2012 8:32 AM  

Hi Lady A,

In Lisbon, Saint Anthony's Day (Dia do Santo António) is also celebrated on the 12th of June and this is the day when the city hall offers free catholic marriages to more than a dozen couples who apply to this sort of event (a collective catholic wedding).

In Brazil they do simpatias all year round (when they attend the "terreiro" [candomblé]) cause having a husband is very important (even if they have to steal one from /share with another woman, through witchcraft). This reminds me of a joke I learned from a Brazilian acquaintance: a woman goes to a fortune-teller who looks into the crystal ball and says "You will be successful in your job, you will be rich, you will be healthy, you will travel a lot and have a lot of good friends!" the woman replies "What, no husband? You better take another good look at your ball!" lol lol...

Lovers Day is everyday...

Superb article, my dear! You are our special valentines as well :D.

Loving Cheers

P.S: I learned yesterday that in Israel they celebrate the Tu B'Av (the Holiday of Love): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tu_B'Av

Tim,  2/16/2012 10:49 AM  

Great facts Alexys. Valentines is not just chocolate and flowers, but my girlfriend likes them.

Alexys Fairfield 2/16/2012 11:25 AM  

Hi Max,

Thank you so much for your additions. I have added them to the post and credited you accordingly.

I always love discovering aspects to various cultures. Do they really steal/share husbands? Is there a man shortage?

Love the joke. LOL!

"Israel they celebrate the Tu B'Av (the Holiday of Love):"

Beautiful. May we all have days of love.
Thanks again for your valuable input my dear.

Days of Love Cheers!

Alexys Fairfield 2/16/2012 11:26 AM  

Hi Tim,

Keep your girlfriend happy and you will be happy. ;D

Thanks for dropping by today.

Max Coutinho 2/17/2012 9:43 AM  

Lady A,

"Thank you so much for your additions. I have added them to the post and credited you accordingly."

You are most welcome *bowing*. You didn't have to do it, but thank you :).

"I always love discovering aspects to various cultures. Do they really steal/share husbands? Is there a man shortage?"

I love different cultures as well, they enrich us. LOL LOL not all of them do that but they are known for it (it is not uncommon). However, having a husband is very important to most, yes. The same happens with African women: it is a common practice to resort to witchcraft to get a husband/lover. I have African friends who have lost their boyfriends to other women because of witchcraft.
Of course, resorting to magic to get men always bears dreadful consequences...

"Love the joke. LOL!"

LOL so do I.

"Beautiful. May we all have days of love. Thanks again for your valuable input my dear."

Amen! Again, you are most welcome, my dear :D.

Weekend of Love Cheers!

Alexys Fairfield 2/17/2012 10:44 AM  

Hi Max,

"I have African friends who have lost their boyfriends to other women because of witchcraft."

Really? That's a shame. Of course witchcraft it has it's consequences.

Happy Love Weekend Cheers!

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