14 Feb 2012

14th of Feb is not Valentines Day

What's this all over the web-o'-sphere about Valentine's day? I mean really?

Yes I know it is the 14th of February and that does mean that this day happens to coincide with something to do with giving gaudy balloons or wilting flowers and oh, let's not forget giving your special someone a huge box of chocolate, which you as well as they will be complaining about down the track when the pants or skirt are just a little too tight around the area where 'said' chocolate will end up.

I mean really, what a waste of money not to mention the falseness that this day is we call Valentine's Day. Love should be celebrated all year round, minus the chocolate and terribly lame gift cards. But I think I have digressed from the point I alluded to by the heading of this post and that is...that the 14th of February is not Valentine's Day!

I could go into all sorts of reasons why this day in our day and age is nothing more than a marketing tool for taking more out of our coffers than putting love into our hearts or I could go on about the beginnings of what we perceive to be an actual day of reverence to a Martyred Saint (actually Saints) who all went by the same name Valentinius. The most known of which who was Saint Valentine, bishop of Terni. Unfortunately even He was never suggested as being a Patron of Lovers as Pope Gelasius I in 496 and the first to establish this day states, ".. whose names are justly reverenced among men, but whose acts are known only to God." Roughly translated as, "They did something but buggered if we know what!" But that's not the reason for the name of this post.

Chaucer, Methinks
You see, even if this day was brought about by the romantics of the 15th Century in particular the Father of English literature who wrote a fictional document and went by the name of Geoffrey Chaucer, does not mean that the 14th of February is Valentine's day!

But again I digress as the real truth about today, the 14th of February is...

It's Maximus' Birthday!!
Happy Birthday Mate on your day...  The 14th of Feb!!

Now to get the gaudy balloons and chocolate cake as this day of Love is only celebrated once a year you know?