Discussion in 'Black People Open Forum' started by KWABENA, Feb 12, 2005.
What is the TRUE purpose of Valentine's Day?
To drain a brother's wallet, by making him feel obligated to buy his woman something "special" & "expensive"!
true indeed! Just another cracka's day to make some money, like Christ-mas, Estarte' & all the other pagan days.. look up St. Valentine *& see who he really was.........then ask this ? again............1
1. To create another money-driven holiday that will pressure people into spending a lot of money to meet manufactured expectations.
2. To reinforce cultural norms that being coupled is the only way to live.
Actually, like all European holidays, this one too is filled with deception and bloodshed at its' origin.
It also implies that a man in one day of kindness can "make-up" for all he hasn't done in a year.
I appreciate your answers. Family, to me, I don't know about the rest of yall, but I just never saw the significance of it. I mean how essential is it? I don't see the essence at all, and that is a shame!
HERE'S THE SHORT VERSION:
A king and Queen were married. The Queen started messing around. The King found out and locked the joker up. She still insisted on seeing the joker. So the King executes the guy and then cuts his heart out. He then places the jokers bloody heart in a box that was neatly wrapped and gave it to his wife so as to reveal what he did to her lover. As such, she because of her love for the scoundrel, designates a holiday in his honor.
So here we have it...love, infidelity, revenge and bloodshed...all wrapped up into one. NOW WHAT THIS GOT TO DO WITH US!?
Now why would THAT make handing out Valentine's Day Cards so special?
That's not the origin of the holiday.
In ancient Rome, February 14th was a holiday to honour Juno, Queen of the Roman Gods and Goddesses. The Romans also knew her as the Goddess of women and marriage. The following day, February 15th, began the Feast of Lupercalia.
The lives of young boys and girls were strictly separate. However, one of the customs of the young people was name drawing. On the eve of the festival of Lupercalia the names of Roman girls were written on slips of paper and placed into jars. Each young man would draw a girl's name from the jar and would then be partners for the duration of the festival with the girl whom he chose. Sometimes the pairing of the children lasted an entire year, and often, they would fall in love and would later marry.
Under the rule of Emperor Claudius II Rome was involved in many bloody and unpopular campaigns. Claudius was having a difficult time getting soldiers to join his army and he thought it was because the men did not want to leave their loved ones or families. As a result, Claudius cancelled all marriages and engagements in Rome. Valentine was a priest in Rome in the days of Claudius II. He and Saint Marius aided the Christian martyrs and secretly married couples, and for this kind deed Saint Valentine was apprehended and dragged before the Prefect of Rome, who condemned him to be beaten to death with clubs and to have his head cut off. He was killed on the 14th day of February, about the year 270.
The early Christian Church endeavoured to "christianize" the popular holidays and celebrations by substituting a christian name or reasonf for celebrating the holidays when they were always celebrated. Same reason Christmas is celebrated in December, even though most scholars agree Jesus was almost certainly born in the spring. Anyway, as the Feast of Lupercalia began about the middle of February, the pastors appear to have chosen Saint Valentine's Day for the celebration of this new feast.
Now it's just another mass market holiday for the Hallmark Corp.
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