Today, in case you haven’t noticed, is Valentine’s Day. Last year I used a writing prompt about Valentine’s Day and came up with this post.
This year it was a comment I read on a blog, which prompted me to revisit the subject. Someone commented
I’m glad we don’t set great store by Valentine’s Day in this country.
I immediately wondered which part of this country she meant. Last year I mentioned hairdressers’ shop near my home decorating for Valentine’s Day. Many restaurants also decorate and innumerable couples go out for a romantic meal on or around Valentine’s Day. In this permissive age I often wonder what people think if it happens to be convenient for me to go out for lunch with a female friend on February 14th! In the past observant waiters might have noticed our rings, but with so-called equal marriage, that clue is no longer any help.
Valentine’s Day appears in literature too. The story which springs to my mind is in “Far from the madding crowd” by Thomas Hardy. I studied it at school (for O-level) and our class went to see the film. I find Hardy’s books depressing, but this one slightly less so than others I have read.
Although it is a saint’s day, it is not celebrated by Church of England. In February there is Candlemas, when we remember the presentation of Christ in the temple, and St Matthias’ Day. He was chosen to be an Apostle after Judas had betrayed Jesus and only eleven Apostles remained. (Acts 1).
Thus there is a gap between February 2 and February 24 with no saints’ days. Personally I do not object if hubby decides to give me a present on February 14, but for young people the commercialism around yet another date could be a cause of stress and unreal expectations. By all means have a bit of fun, but don’t spend more than you can afford and if you are single be honest in your dealings with any potential spouse(s). If you feel overlooked on Valentine’s Day, try not to be sad. The future may be better than you think. It may not seem helpful to a young person to know that some people marry for the first time much later in life and are extremely happy in their later years.
What are your thoughts about Valentine’s Day? Is it important in your locality?