Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Valentine’s Day is a Scam

So I was curious as to what Saint Valentine did to equate himself with love. After some research today, I found out he/they did absolutely nothing. No one even really knows who Saint Valentine was. It’s said that there were 2-3 men that were martyred around the same time and the first Saint Day feast was recorded to be in the year 496, but this had nothing to do with love.

The first equation with Saint Valentine’s Day and love came in 1382 when Chaucer wrote this poem to King Richard II to celebrate the anniversary of his engagement:

For this was on seynt Volantynys day

Whan euery bryd comyth there to chese [chose] his make [mate].

This was also around the same time that romanticism and courtship became a popular notion, so the idea of love and February 14th stuck. This we have Valentine’s Day.

All because of a couple of martyrs, Chaucer and the King.

On a side note, walking through the skyways today I noticed the line out the door at Godiva, one-day flower shops, and otherwise empty gift stores. according to wikipedia, approximately 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are purchased every year, 85% of them by women. I did my part this year by buying nothing. Valentine’s Day is a scam.

1 comment:

Gilby said...

I can never remember whether the snakes go with St. Valentine or St. Patrick. Personally, I prefer May Day for the lovey dovey stuff.