Friday, February 13, 2009

The Truth Behind Valentine's Day - Past and Present


It is not true that Valentine's day is a holiday invented by greedy greeting card companies eager to sell more stock or by candy companies to sell more chocolate, or general retailers to create more business once Christmas is over. It is easy to imagine that Valentine's Day was created by them because as soon as the stores put away their Christmas merchandise, out comes the Valentine's Day items - even though Valentine's is still more than six weeks away.

In a blink Rudolph and Santa are replaced with red ribbon and pink hearts and mass produced Valentine's Day cards in thousands of designs and sizes - large, small, serious, silly, inexpensive, expensive, musical (my least favourite because they sound so tinny) and traditional ones. Valentine's Day is the biggest single twenty hour period for florists, a huge event for greeting card companies and a boon for candy
makers.

Valentine's Day began more than 1,500 years ago. According to legend, Valentine was a priest who performed marriages in continued defiance of the orders of the Roman emperor Claudius. The emperor had realized that no young men wanted to join his army and then leave their wives and sweethearts. When it was discovered that Valentine was still performing marriages in secret, he was cruelly sentenced to death.

Valentine allegedly cured the jailer's daughter of blindness and on the night before his execution, he sent a note to her signed "from your Valentine". Reportedly he died on February. 14, 269 A.D.

More than 200 years later in 496 A.D., February 14 was named by Pope Gelasius to honor St. Valentine. Today more than 1,700 years have passed since the real Valentine died, and people are still celebrating Valentine's Day in a big way. A staggering 180 million Valentine's cards were sold last year.

It may never have occurred to you that Valentine's Day is a major crisis day for anyone who is having an affair. After all, Valentine's Day is the one holiday when everyone is expected to do something romantic for their spouse or lover -- and if someone has both, it's a serious problem and a logistic nightmare.

Not surprisingly then one of the most busiest groups of professionals on Valentine's Day is the private detective when their workload can quadruple. Most people figure if anything suspicious is going on it will show itself around Valentine's Day. Apparently it is a huge mistake for a cheating husband to book a business trip over Valentine's Day. It rates really highly on the scale of suspicious activity.

The competition element of what your spouse did for you on Valentine's Day is another highly disconcerting fact. Some people believe the main event is the day after when some women get together and the comparisons begin.

The competition factor can be particularly acute on the night as well if you go out for a meal on Valentine's Day - what you basically have is a collection of couples spending the whole night discretely observing each other in a restaurant, trying to reassure themselves that their relationship is less dysfunctional than the others.

Last year at a flash restaurant in London on Valentine's Day night a couple started arguing and the wife stood up, slapped the husband across the face and then stormed off in a huff. The husband composed himself, took a few more sips of his red wine and then proceeded to loudly call his mistress on his mobile. Within 15 minutes the immaculately dressed younger mistress turned up at the restaurant and sat down delighted that her lover had arranged the restaurant meal especially on Valentine's Day.

The first course arrived and then you would not believe it but guess who should walk back into the restaurant but the wife. Heated words flew, culminating in the wife pouring the rest of the bottle of red wine all over the husband's head and then the wife and mistress leaving together joined arm in arm in their thorough disgust with the sod of a man in their lives.

All this occurred whilst the other diners where sitting there quietly totally bewildered but secretly impressed with how fabulously functional their own relationship was.

The interesting twist that all came out in the newspapers the week after is that the colourful threesome were actors hired by the restaurant specifically to entertain the diners and make them feel grateful about the state of their own relationships.

This year you can avoid the actors and private detectives by stealing away somewhere quiet with your special someone. Do not whatever you do go away on a business trip over Valentine's Day, or for that matter go on a conference on the preceding or following weekend since Valentine's Day falls on a Wednesday this year.

Author: Chateau_du_Guerinet
Source: ArticleCircle

35 Comentários:

AW Surveys said...

Free $6 for join this program ...

Homepages said...

Homepages Friends Share their revenue from Yahoo and eBay ...

MU Fans said...

waduh...valentine ya...

Aq blum pacar nih...jd gak bs valentine-an donk...orang tua jg nan jauh disana.

mahen said...

was here reading your story.....

Free Information said...

Hellooww..my Friends..Want U XLink With me??(^_^)..he..3x

Adhie said...

Valentine juga ma istri.....he3x...tukeran kado..

BAM said...

me too, here...

ghieGANDA said...

NIce. Interesting post. Happy V day friend. :)

belajar dan berbagi said...

Nice post...

keep it

Haady_firmansyah said...

Happy Valentine bro, wish u happy..

All The Things I Know in IT said...

hi...nice blog...how bout exchange link ???

arjaeuse said...

hello.. Happy Valentines... :) Hopping

Saif said...

Happy Valentines Day to all of you ... :)

Cheers & Regards,
Saif
http://allinone-bangalore.blogspot.com/

Questio said...

Taro-in Shout Box aja om...
Biar lebh simpel bagi tamu ente...heuheuheu.

Eh, tak kasi senyuman tuh barusan...mampir2 ya

bdh said...

AW survey is this still legitimate :-)

bdh said...

Have a great valentine day :-)

cheers,

Risti said...

don't celebrate valentine day because that only western tradition not eastern tradition.

Sophia Chu said...

was here visiting you ...

i do not know that there's such a story behind valentine....

thanks for sharing... :)

download apa aja gratis said...

mampir mas....
anti valentin

cooldan88 said...

mampir...
happy valentine aja all..^^

SEDONA said...

Happy Valentine's Day.

fajardesign said...

salam kenal juga bro...

Ria Stevenson said...

was here. happy valentines day!

alone said...

some couples want to celebrate valentine's day and some don't. it's actually up to ur own perspectives.

initial D said...

hai ada sayembara ngedapetin buku loh.....caranya cuma copy paste doang lumayankan dapet buku.....cheerr

Ir. hydir said...

wah...valentine ya..
huh... tq for the infonya

Hot Topic said...

hi! thanks 4 your visit on my blog, hope to see u again :-)

Lowongan Bonafide 2009 said...

Disini bagus-bagus ya Informasinya....Oh ia buat temen2 semua yang butuh info kerjaan Internasional silakan kunjungi http://lowongan-kerja-lowongan-cpns.blogspot.com/

Gareng said...

Ikutan kasih comment neh ...
Nah kalo pengen nambah pengetahuan tentang Photography coba aja baca di http://garengsphotography.blogspot.com

Roomsecret said...

Thanks ya atas komentarnya di postingan mohon Doa Restu, pasti ane siapin deh goloknya bila perlu ane asah lagi sampai tajam bangeet.. :P sekali lagi thanks ya Doa restunya ... sukses for blogging

Zamrud said...

Link sobat sdh terpasang di blog-ku, tlg di backlink yah ! tksh

register web domain said...

Previously I don't know about valentine's day story. Now only I know about this story. Really it is a beneficial for greeting card owners and gift's shop owners.

web hosting said...

Above all the information are excellent. Each and every points are explained very clearly. It's great stuff.


website hosting india

Sports Good said...

Thanks for sharing excellent information. Your site is very cool. I’m impressed by the details that you have on this blog. It reveals how nicely you perceive this subject. Bookmarked this website page, will come back for more articles.

Adol said...

Good work. You have described it very well. Now a day, I feel that, No need to go to out because Internet showing me a more information to read. Today I have got a new information from your blog...

Post a Comment

About Me

My Photo
Welcome at my blog :) and don't forget to give me a comment yeah... IndoSiteHost.com SigmaBisnis.com Have a nice days... thanks.

Home Base Business ©Template Blogger Green by Dicas Blogger.

TOPO