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Unravelling Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s day is generically regarded as a day where couples pronounce their love for each other, either secretly or openly by exchanging gifts which advertise the special holiday, through the brightly dominating red colour scheme, the soft fluffy toys which make the girls screech from overwhelming cuteness, those little scarp pieces of paper containing deep affection, and of course that one single stemmed red rose which brings people to tears or joy.

However, whether you believe it or not this commercialized rite did not derive from a love story of some sorts, it in fact became a tradition due to the affectionate and sympathetic appeal of three different saints, all with independent stories, yet they all share in common their heroism, leading them to risk their lives for love.

Valentine’s day began to rise in popularity around the 17th century where friends and sweethearts began to exchange little gifts containing their affection towards their loved one.

Yet, today’s society decided on scrutinizing their own independent relationship status on this day and at least 24 days leading up to this day. And, if they see they are in a situation where they are single on this special day, it naturally turns out for them to be a day of devastation, and desperation.

The many diverse opinions the society bears today, altogether removes the importance of Valentine’s day, some of which are ; unless you have someone to spend Valentine’s day with, it is a day which people will gravely work on forgetting, or better yet ignore. If people do have a loved one to share this holiday with, the issue of what to get each other as these days, ‘the bigger the better’ applies, will naturally overshadow the day, preventing couples from understanding the optimal importance of the holiday. And finally, there are the old- school time sweethearts who don’t necessarily mind exchanging a single peck of the lips and calling it a day.
I once read a Valentine’s day poem by a famous writer called Carol Ann Duffy, and her words enraptured my mind instantaneously. The way she takes a different and unique approach towards gift giving provides a breath of fresh air for the reader.

‘I give you an onion, it is a moon wrapped in brown paper’…. Duffy allows a simple object such as a onion to deliver a powerful metaphor for love, diminishing all cliché Valentine gifts such as roses or box of chocolate therefore bringing back the sole importance of Valentine’s day; love.

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