posted on Feb, 14 2012 @ 09:41 AM
reply to post by deepankarm
Valentine's Day started out about 1,500 years ago in Europe as a day to honor a Roman Catholic saint (St. Valentine), but about 500 years ago in
Europe it morphed into a day of expressing aspects of Love outside of a religious culture. For me, growing up in America as a child in mid-20th cen,
Valentine's Day was a day to exchange paper Valentine's with friends and eat heart shaped candy and cookies. Leaving childhood meant expecting
flowers or gifts from someone romantically attached to.
As a child, one used to count the number of paper Valentines as one now counts Facebook "friends", using the number to signify popularity,
reinforcing images of self worth. It only got worse for female self worth, as not getting flowers or gifts from a boyfriend could be devastating.
Traditionally, women were looking for love and the security provided by a man who was the breadwinner.
My advice to women today: if you want flowers, candy, jewelry, etc., go buy it yourself. Yes, it's great when you and your partner exchange
Valentines, but its far, far better to end up with the right partner (if one so chooses) than expecting the right gifts on a day that so commercially
celebrates romantic love.
Anyway, I'm going to bet that every nation nowadays has special days to celebrate something, and not everyone gets along. Yes, nations need strong
family bases, but it's what you do with those strong family bases that count. I know Germany had strong family bases, but where did that get them 80
I love my Western culture I was raised in. I also love learning about other cultures' celebrations.