Oh Fuck, It’s Valentines Day

By | February 14, 2011

What does Valentine’s Day mean to you? As with most things involving an annual event that is connected to sending card it’s been hijacked by the greeting card big boys. But leaving this commercialism out of the equation what does the 14th Feb mean to you?

Like most people it probably combines a mixture of thoughts and emotions from the romantic and deeply loving to the lustful and down right debauched. While originated from the celebration of a Saint’s day in the last 150 years or so it’s origins are easily traced to the Roman fertility festival of Lupercalia some would dispute this direct link. Frankly it doesn’t matter as the motivation for most springtime festivals in all cultures has been to celebrate rebirth, fertility and therefore lust – whatever the prevailing social and religious restrictions of the age might suggest.

It’s therefore lust and sex that underlies Valentine’s day, even if we wish to add other meanings and significance to the to the day.