Valentine’s Day, a long-awaited holiday for lovers, is here! It’s a feared day for single people who feel the pressure to have a significant other as their Facebook feed is blowing up with pictures of flowers, chocolates, teddy bears, and the cheesiest messages between the most “amazing” couples.
The roots of Valentine’s Day date back to ancient Roman times, to a pagan fertility festival called Lupercalia. Later the church chose mid-February for St. Valentine’s Day in order to Christianize the celebration. It wasn’t until the 1300s that the holiday became definitively associated with love and romance. By the 17th century the people in Great Britain had begun the tradition of exchanging cards and letters.
Modern Valentine’s Day cards bear little resemblance to the intricate paper confections made out of hand cut lace paper, decorated with ribbons, cupids, hearts, flowers, and calligraphy. Handwritten notes that were replaced with mass-produced cards in 1900s are slowly being taken over by e-cards and text messages. Red roses, heart-shaped boxes of chocolate and jewelry are the most popular gifts among couples. Kids in school give out valentines to everyone in order not to hurt anyone’s feelings. Teachers are now the number one group of people receiving valentines.
What started as exchanging of cards has become a commercial holiday of epic proportions. Chase Blueprint Valentine’s Day survey concludes that women will spend around $ 71.00 and men around $ 100.00 on gifts this year. The survey also concludes that 2/3 of men would like to have sex instead of receiving a gift on Valentine’s Day. However, an independent study challenged the results, and determined that number to be 10 out of 10.
We are celebrating Valentine’s Day with a gi giveaway, and are inviting all husbands, fiancés, boyfriends, and partners to tell us about the great lady in their life. Tell us three good things about the love of your life, tell us why she rocks your world. Tell us why she is special and should win a Fenom gi. If you prefer to remain anonymous, that is okay too. What’s better than a gift from a secret admirer? Are you single? No problem, have your best friend submit an entry. Be creative! The best entry wins a free gi!