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Ivy's avatar

What happened to Saint Valentine's Day?

Asked by Ivy (2482points) February 14th, 2010

The ‘holiday’ has been shortened to Valentine’s Day.
Was this for commerical reasons?
Does anyone know who Saint Valentine was or what he did?
And what exactly does giving or receiving a box of chocolates or a bouquet of flowers have to do with showing real love?
In other words, what’s love got to do with Saint Valentine’s Day?

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Parrappa's avatar

I have no idea, but Saint Valentine’s Day sounds too religious. It’s a holiday for everyone after all…

Ivy's avatar

@Bluefreedom Everyone knows Wikipedia knows all. It’s interesting to me to learn what people on the site know or don’t know, and more importantly, think.

Blondesjon's avatar

Valentine’s Day is a multi-million dollar industry that everyone feeds every year because of the stigma placed on you for “forgetting” Valentine’s Day.

If you really love your significant other, every day should be a day that you declare your love.

Fuck Valentine’s day, Corporate America, and the public in general for continually buying into this bullshit.

now where’s my steak and blowjob . . .

hungryhungryhortence's avatar

@Blondesjon: sure, sure, sure. Now where are my flowers, champagne, lingerie, jewelry, lobster tail, chocolates and about 3hrs of great sex…

ChaosCross's avatar

Saint Valentine was a man who was executed by the current Roman emperor for marring couples.

The last letter he sent was to the prisonkeeper’s daughter, signed “Your Valentine”

ucme's avatar

It’s a second hand emotion.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@hungryhungryhortence _That is exactly why I love it and will until the day I drop dead :)

aprilsimnel's avatar

@Blondesjon – Steak and Blowjob Day is March 14th. Sorry, guy.

DominicX's avatar

Well, I enjoy Valentine’s Day and to hell with anyone who has a problem with that. Don’t like it? Don’t celebrate it.

Blondesjon's avatar

@DominicX . . . I am not allowed the choice of not celebrating it. Because society as a whole embraces the Valentine’s Day Scam, anyone who doesn’t celebrate it is looked upon as an enormous, uncaring, douchebag.

I can do that well enough on my own.

any day of the year

DominicX's avatar


AFAIC the only person’s opinion who matters about that is your SO’s. I for one don’t give a shit about whether or not people celebrate it and it certainly isn’t grounds for looking down on them.

Blondesjon's avatar

@DominicX . . . will you be my valentine?

Ivy's avatar

There was nothing in the question that said I do or don’t like Valentine’s Day, or asked if you liked or don’t like it. I asked what it had to do with real love and the only one who answered that was Blondesjon.

DominicX's avatar

@Blondesjon You’d have to share me with Rory…


Well, tbh, my response was really directed at Blondesjon even though I didn’t put an “at” symbol because the response did imply “fuck” anyone who celebrates Valentine’s Day, so naturally, that pissed me off. I don’t make sweeping judgments against people who don’t celebrate it, so why should people do the same to people who do celebrate it?

Valentine’s Day means whatever you want it to mean. It’s not supposed to be the “only day when you show love” as so many people erroneously think it is, it’s just meant to emphasize it and put extra focus on it. For me, the gifts are just fun. I didn’t feel obligated at all to get my boyfriend a gift. But I did because we both like candy and we don’t get each other candy regularly and this happens to be one of the few weekends where I actually get to see him.

I have never been in a relationship on a Valentine’s Day before. Before, it was just a day when my parents got me candy and I saw other people with red heart-shaped balloons. Now, however, to me, it is simply a fun day to celebrate your love. Emphasis on “fun” meaning that it is not to be taken seriously and no one needs to celebrate it.

Ivy's avatar

@DominicX Your implication was based on an assumption of “fuck anyone who celebrates Valentine’s Day”? Where on earth did you get that out of the question I asked? You’re defending a celebration that wasn’t attacked. Again ~ “What’s love got to do with St. Valentine’s Day?” It could be answered from a sociological, historical or theological perspective, but taking it personally as an attack is… pure paranoia.

DominicX's avatar


I said “the response”. I was referring to Blondesjon’s response, not the question.

Ivy's avatar

my bad:)

Berserker's avatar

Upheaval by all those people who think saying Merry Christmas is too insulting.

Ivy's avatar

I found the answer to my question this morning on For anyone who gave this question a stab and is interested in the answer:

“Being Valentine’s Day, I’ll offer some history as to how the world came to even give a day to value lovers. Of course, being about a saint, it’s a holiday of recent invention, originating in Rome. February 14 originally honored Juno, the Queen (who also happens to have an asteroid named after her, but that’s another article for another time.) February 14 was the day before the Feast of Lupercalia, where children were allowed to pair up for the festival, and longer if they chose.

In a nutshell, Claudius II, the tyrant of the third century, needed soldiers, not lovers, so he cancelled marriages and engagements in Rome. Saint Valentine continued to marry people in secret, so Claudius chopped off his head on February 14. After that the church co-opted the Feast of Lupercalia, re-naming it Valentine’s Day. And there you have it.”

Strauss's avatar

St. Valentine’s Day got christmas-ized. (small letter intentional). St. Valentine himself got cupidized. Just like St. Patrick and his day, and St. Nicholas (Santa Claus).

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