Origins of Valentine’s Day

The following article was written by a new contributor for this somewhat unique holiday.  Enjoy and comment if you’d like to see more of this kind of content!  Today’s scheduled article will be released later this evening!

Buckle your seat belts and put on your helmets, cause you all about to get learned on the most romantic holiday of the year. Regardless if you got a man or a woman to celebrate this red and pink day with, you can still enjoy the cheap candy in drug stores on February 15th and that cool game on the Google logo.  Plus, maybe you love something more than a significant other in your life. Maybe your special Valentine is a fictional character from a fictional universe with fictional good looks and personality. If that is the case, you should probably wake up and look around, because while you all busy fantasizing over some character that ain’t real, some girl or guy may be checking you out thinking “my, that girl/guy is fine” and you don’t even know it’s happening. But regardless of your current relationship status, a little history lesson on the background of a holiday never hurt anybody so continue reading if you aren’t already crying or staring at a life-size cardboard cutout of Legolas.

Valentine’s Day all started somewhere back in Rome when people had names like Secundus and Pomponius. Now Valentine’s Day was created to honor two saints: Valentine of Rome and Valentine of Terni. It did not start out as a romantic holiday, because it’s hard to romantically say, “I love you so much, Flavius”.  It started getting a little more cute and lovey and what all around the 14th century when people were named Richard and Anne and stuff, and that is easier to pronounce. But get this – it was actually a whole big accident that it even got romantic at all, because some guy thought that this love poem this one dude wrote was about Valentine’s Day even though it was more probably about some old feast in May. How about that. Another case of mistaken romance. It’s an age-old story. Kinda like when you think someone is waving at you and you wave back but they were actually waving at someone directly behind you and when you realize that you feel your soul sink into the depths of Hell. Except in this case it created a fantastic marketing holiday.

As for the United States of America (which is probably where you live) the holiday started getting lit around 1847 when this girl Esther got the brilliant idea to mass produce Valentines for people to give and that is where we see some entrepreneur marketing on a holiday that barely existed. As of 2010, as estimated 15 million Valentines were sent over the internet so yo, Esther, good job on starting a booming enterprise.

Well, I guess this was not as long as I thought it was going to be because I got bored and didn’t want to keep plagiarizing sentences from Wikipedia so there is your less than basic essay on what Valentine’s Day is. So hit up Kinney’s and buy some of that Reese’s Valentine’s candy for your sweetheart or yourself and enjoy February 14th which will probably be exactly like every other day of the year except you’ll have a sugar high and less money.



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