I’m not normally interested in St Valentine’s Day, even after starting a relationship I pretty much ignore any kind of celebration. In fact, I used to hate it for the usual reasons. My boyfriend is not really into ritual presents and I feel very much relieved about it. Sometimes my parents buy a cake, like the one we will be having tonight for dinner. This year I learned about the “horny werewolf day” thing (Warren Ellis’ idea, not mine) and ended up reading about the Lupercalia and the Lykaia in Wikipedia, which is really interesting and sort of kinky in a good way.
However, I know that the cultural impact is different for the English-speaking world: I was in Dublin for St Valentine’s Day and I remember the decorations and the mood. So Happy St Valentine’s Day for you, the one reading this~ Happy V-day everypony!~
I’ll be celebrating my favourite (and romantic) holiday on April the 23rd: Sant Jordi/Saint George’s day, day of the rose and the book in Catalonia. All the books are discounted, bookshops have street stands and there are authors signing everywhere. In schools children are supposed to be creative and win writing contests (and that’s how I got my Harry Potter collection). You can find roses in every corner of the streets and people go to great lengths to be original and romantic. It’s my favourite day of the year while also being commercial and rooted in Christian tradition. Maybe that is why I don’t hate St Valentine’s anymore. Be it chocolate or books, everyone should have fun their own way.