Valentine’s Day is recognized and celebrated in many countries around the world, unlike many other holidays.
Its origins lie in a multitude of folklore and history, according to Wikipedia.com. The patron saint it is named after, St. Valentine, according to history.com, is “shrouded in mystery.” The celebrations have evolved through the centuries however it is still focused on love and relationships.
I recently published a fictional short story, THE CAT WHO PLAYED CUPID, Copyright 2014 by Susan Stovall, based on the idea of Cupid matching couples together and hitting them with his love arrows, thereby being smitten with each other with romantic love. There are many nowadays “Cupids,” playing matchmaker, from dating services to setting up two friends who haven’t met yet on a date. Cupid has also been associated with some mischief, according to Britannica.com. But we do like to think of him as an honorable mythological character, since he is associated with love.
The character in my short story, Megan, dislikes Valentine’s Day because it reminds her of being single and alone, which is probably true for many real-life people. I remember the days of being single and at times thinking it was awkward if I didn’t have a date or someone to bring me flowers or candy.
Whether we love or hate Valentine’s Day, is it here to stay?
The money spent on Valentine’s Day is up into the billions, according to CNN.com, and it is estimated that more than half of the U.S. population purchase cards for this holiday. Those statistics are according to history.com citing Hallmark Cards research.
So is the holiday successful at bringing people together in the world of love and affection? According to sheknows.com, ”220,000 is the average number of wedding proposals on Valentine’s Day each year.”
Considering the largely commercialized aspect of the holiday, whether we like it or not, it’s probably here to stay. The sale of chocolates alone for this holiday is astronomical. And we all know how many chocolate lovers there are out there!
A holiday to celebrate love is a good thing. Even if you took away all the candy, flowers, and cards, it is still a nice way of making it a point to say, “I love you,” or “You are special to me.”
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could have the mindset of celebrating love year-round?
“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.”—Charles M. Schulz
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