Valentines Presents / January 8, 2019 / Fran Petty
This was where young men drew young womens names from a box to commemorate their rite of passage to the god Lupercus. The chooser and chosen would then be paired for one year. These random pairings often led to marriage. The Church of course didnt like the pagan festival so Pope Galasius the bishop of Rome amended this celebration slightly. He filled the box with the names of dead saints instead of girls and allowed both men and women to draw from the box. He believed this would encourage youngsters to copy the ways of the saint for the remainder of the year. On 14th February 496 A.D. Pope Gelasius declared this day to be Saint Valentines Day an official Catholic Holiday. By the early 1700s the United States started celebrating this day of love by swapping love notes and exchanging Valentines gifts for boyfriends girlfriends wives and husbands.
4. Blue Valentine (2010). Do you really want to watch a film about Dean and Cindys failing marriage? This movie paints a sombre painful portrait of a toxic marriage: two young people fall in love and then they fall out of it. This definitely isnt a date movie let alone a movie for February 14th. You have been warned. 3. Irreversible (2002). How about a big helping of misery followed by a dollop of - you guessed it - more misery? Yeah "Irreversible" delivers. This film features a continuous nine-minute rape scene. The rest of the movie is on occasion just as bad. Theres really nothing more to say about it. 2. Antichrist (2009). Almost any Lars Von Trier flick could make this list but "Antichrist" tops it. Its a sure-fire relationship killer unless you consider watching private parts getting mutilated romantic.
Sound nice? No. Not nice. Just truly truly terrible. Unless youve been buried underground youve probably been inundated with Valentines present ideas via spam emails and TV adverts constantly advising you not to forget your sweetheart; imploring for romantic getaways... weekend theatre tickets... restaurant deals...... Valentines day presents for men... Valentines presents for her... the list goes on. Whether Valentines Day is a delight or fills you with fright when and why did this event turn into such a big deal? Does anyone actually remember the origin of February 14th and what its original meaning was? And what on earth happened to the good old days of cards sealed with red wax left secretly at a lovers doorstep... cutting out paper hearts... gobbling down a couple of powdery sweets embossed with Be Mine and being done with it? As we know it Valentines Day is a time of year when theoretically the lovely lady or gent in your life flatters you with Valentines presents usually in the form of chocolates...sweets... roses... clothes... hats or stuffed animals.