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I’m not a fan of Valentine’s Day. Not because I hate holidays of any sort (Christmas is pretty fine for me) , or because I’m single (single people hate it because it reminds them that they’re single) but usually because I’m not particularly interested in cliches and consumerism that surround holidays.
But when red hearts and cheap romanticism surrounds you from every corner, it’s kind of impossible not to get a bit annoyed. Every website deals with tops of what would be the perfect gift or what would be the perfect activities for a perfect Valentine’s Day. Every store is filled with red hearts, red candles, red chocolate, red roses. Flowers blooming everywhere.
Valentine’s Day would be just fine if it hadn’t become so predictable. Let’s deal with some cliches, shall we?
1. Saint Valentine
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The whole point of Valentine’s Day is to celebrate love, but usually people use this as a pretext to dress up in their fanciest clothes, spend a lot of money on gifts, and send cards with romantic messages on it (which most of the times they don’t actually mean). People hide behind a greeting cards, just as they hide behind Jesus or the Easter Bunny as a pretext to eat enormous amounts of food in Christmas and Easter.
2. Expensive gifts. Mostly those containing hearts.
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Ok, I get it. Love is usually represented as a heart. But let’s face it: it has become more of a commercial and a MUST have element when decorating on Valentine’s Day. Every restaurant has it, every store. And when I see a kid holding a balloon in the shape of a heart in his hand I just get sick. We don’t need another heart-shaped thing, thank you.
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Why would anyone spend hours picking the perfect Valentine’s Card, which actually says something so common like “Be my Valentine”. Or even better, copy/paste some poem from online, with the excuse that you don’t have the skills to write one yourself but this one’s fine because, you see, it expresses your feelings.
It’s like a cheap commercial running over and over again. As far as I’m concerned, here’s the perfect text for any greeting card: “Roses are red, violets are blue, you look like a monkey, and you smell like one too”.
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Oh, again red roses! There isn’t anything bad with boyfriends giving flowers to girlfriends, but when this happens on Valentine’s Day (when usually the price of flowers rises unexpectedly), it’s OVERRATED. Find another occasion to deliver her flowers, because on Valentine’s everybody’s doing it.
5. Guides for the perfect Valentine’s day
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Top things to do on Valentine’s Day: this is how most of the articles which get into your way are named in this period. Basically they all say the same thing: don’t spend to much money, but you know, make a big plan for your significant other, because unless you won’t she’ll say that you don’t care.
If you do decide to celebrate Valentine’s Day, don’t read stupid guides. Just do what you feel like doing.
6. The dinner that usually goes with the date
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Let’s suppose the following scenery: you’re a single person, but you decide to go out on Valentine’s day. Not for a date, just a usual social meeting with friends. Well, you’d better forget it, because every single restaurant, bar, pub and even the fast-foods will be full of couples.
Ok, guys, go back in your homes and just let some breathable air for those who don’t pray to the Red Hearts.
7. Anti-Valentine Day Protesting Parties
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Recently it has become more of a trend to join the Anti-Valentine’s opposition. I’m spammed daily with invitations to pubs that make the thematic parties of “not celebrating Valentine’s Day”.
I think it would be better if they’d celebrate quietly, because as I see it this way, those parties are nothing more than a lame excuse of masking the fact that you actually would like to celebrate Valentine’s but you can’t just face it yet. Or you’re just bored of the red hearts. Or single and self-loathing.
8. Other cultures adopting Valentine’s Day
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As far as I know it, Valentine’s Day is an American holiday. A lot of countries import holidays from the American culture, but having your traditional holiday celebrating love in your culture, and celebrating Valentine’s Day too just sucks. Well, you know, another excuse to make gifts.
So, when it comes to Valentine’s people are usually divided between: celebrating with significant other in the predictable way, being single and not celebrating (but secretly wishing that you could celebrate), not celebrating and making a big fuss about it (like Anti-Valentine’s Day Parties), or ignoring it completely and living as on a usual day.
As for myself, I’m definitely ignoring it and looking for campaigns that actually try to change the world. Like this one, for example.
What about you? Which Valentine character are you this 14th February?