Love at First... Site?
"Love is the ultimate outlaw. It just won't
adhere to any rules. The most any of us
can do is sign on as its accomplice."
-- Tom Robbins, Still Life With Woodpecker
St.Valentine's Day (February 14) is the most romantic day of the whole year, the day of eternal,
everlasting love and all sweethearts. Yet the reaction to this holiday
is not always so totally romantic. Some wake up on Valentine's Day all
obsessed with that sweet feeling called love.
Cupid lends them a pair
of little wings and they hurry to the gift shops and the florists to pick
presents for their beloved. Others come shrieking awake with dread in
their hearts and revenge on their lips. For them, it's a day of gloomy
dark emotions and it's no wonder-- the guy the day was named after was
beheaded. There are several beliefs of how and why this outstanding day
has gained its meaning:
Some legends go back to erotic festivals in ancient Rome that happened
to take place during February. Women would dress up as wolves and wait
to be whipped by men wearing loin cloths. Today in Italy and Greece, young
men still chase young women while brandishing whips - made of plastic.
The Lupercalia (February 15), was a fertility festival until 495 A.D.,
when a pope put a stop to it.
Another story says that Valentinus was a priest in third-century Rome
who secretly married couples, although the Emperor had forbidden it.
According to the other legend, Valentinus was a Christian imprisoned for
refusing to worship pagan gods. Supposedly he cured his jailer's blind
daughter through prayers. On February 14, the day of his execution, he
sent her a note, signed "Your Valentine."
Or perhaps he was the Bishop of Terni, born around 268 A.D., who was executed
through decapitation for his Christian beliefs. He was said to present
lovers with flowers.
Whatever the reasons may be, Valentine was canonized in Middle Ages, and
ever since that time he has been all lovers' protector.
On this day men and women send (sometimes anonymously) little presents,
cards, chocolates, and flowers to their sweethearts. In Germany people
give each other red roses as a token of love. The custom of exchanging
presents between the lovers largely spread after World War II. Nowadays
this beautiful holiday is the opportunity for the whole world to get away
from their everyday fuss and worries, and let their hearts fill up with
love and tenderness.
HOT TIPS for Valentine's
the best attire is smile,
the best activity is kissing,
the best food is chocolate.
Some links to love-nestling places: