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Re: On St. Valentine's Day I forgot...

by Skeeve (Vicar)
on Feb 14, 2004 at 08:04 UTC ( #328943=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to On St. Valentine's Day I forgot...

where is the option: about St. Valentine's Day?

It's an american holiday Germany never had. Just when the florists found out about it, it became publicly known here. And I hate commercial holidays. So I refuse to do anything special on that day.

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Re: Re: On St. Valentine's Day I forgot...
by valdez (Monsignor) on Feb 14, 2004 at 15:01 UTC

    It's an italian tradition, see Saint Valentine Day Tradition; the commercial speculation is another story...

    Ciao, Valerio
      Italian? Couldn't find a proof for that on the page you mentioned. Instead i found:

      > But the fame which San Valentine all over the world is due to the legend which originated in the anglo-saxon countries

      So not necessarily America, but also (e.g.) England. But to my knowledge Italy is not anglo-saxon ;-)

        What you say is true but doesn't contraddict his biography :) I was talking about history, you were talking about legends; you will find the whole story in the italian version of that page.

        Ciao, Valerio

        I didn't say it's not an italian history. But the tradition was spread by anglo-saxon people. So it's their merit of making world-wide known. I'm not interested in the history, I just blame the commercial factor anglo-saxon gave to it.
Re: Re: On St. Valentine's Day I forgot...
by allolex (Curate) on Feb 15, 2004 at 12:09 UTC

    Ah, busy improving the reputation of German men vis--vis romance, I see. ;)

    Valentine's day is not an American holiday per se, but I'm sure Americans have influenced how it is celebrated in Germany.


      Romance? What's that? Do I *have* to know that? Sounds italian to me. But then "vis--vis" sounds very french.

      Do you know that you're confusing me!?

Re^2: On St. Valentine's Day I forgot... (not here?)
by tye (Sage) on Feb 14, 2004 at 20:26 UTC

    And your girl let's you get away with that excuse?? Inconceivable!!

    - tye        


      You keep using that word, I don't think it means what you think it means.

      Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the wise. Seek what they sought. -Basho

        ++ and lol. One of the best movies of all time. Should have watched that on Valentines day.
      She has no choice as we are married in the 9th year now. ;-)
Re: Re: On St. Valentine's Day I forgot...
by MADuran (Beadle) on Feb 19, 2004 at 00:00 UTC
    Strictly Speaking Feb 14 is the Catholic Church Feast day of St Valentine of Rome who was put in prison and died there for performing marrage rituals for solders in the Roman Legons (Against the order of the emperor who felt single men fought better).

    It was promoted by the Catholic Church as a clean wholesome subsitute for the Veneralia, a Feast to Venus, which got quite kinky, Or was it the Roman fertility goddess Juno's Feast day, I beleive it is a debated topic.

    I really have too much time on my hands

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