As we all know, the Holiday of Love is coming up next month. Valentine’s Day, once known in ancient Roman as a festival of Lupercalia, a fertility celebration commemorated annually on February 15. Today in the 21st century we as Americans celebrate this special day as an aspiration of love for one another. In doing so it seems this day, once dedicated to the beauty of fertility, has now become nothing more than a commercialized expectation of what was once a pure and wholesome day for people to enjoy. The need to have someone in your grasps has become a factor when celebrating this holiday. Gifts are expected and going above and beyond is a must for most couples. Valentine’s Day or as the Romans called it St. Valentine’s Day is just another day in the week of a leap year to most but to some it means so much more. Which brings to mind the ultimate question: Is this ancient Roman holiday overrated? Let’s weigh in on some factors:
- It has been shown that women take this holiday on a more serious note than men. As a woman, I can only speak for myself when I say that to me, a well written poem inside of a beautiful card is more than enough for me when it comes to Valentine’s Day. Many, but not all women expect some expensive dinner date or very expensive jewelry.
- Then there’s the need to go over the top when it comes to hair and make-up. Okay, ladies. I’m not saying looking beautiful for your man is unnecessary, but you can spend less money with a ‘Do It Yourself’ hair and make-up routine. All-in-all, you will save money and still look gorgeous.
- Men, you didn’t think I’d forget all about you did you? This Valentine’s Day is not only for us women, but it is for you as well. You all are the keepers of our hearts and the kings of our souls.
- Women stop making this day all about you. If you have that special someone in your life, then why not show them just how much you love and appreciate their efforts, Men, if she can put up with you then she deserves to be treated as a queen everyday not just Valentine’s Day.
Remember, Valentine’s Day comes Once every leap year, but real love lasts a lifetime.