Happy Valentine’s Day.
For a lot of people around the world, and yes, even in Asia, February 14 is a day that is celebrated by people in love. Valentine’s Day is traditionally observed by (usually) the man giving the woman roses or chocolates. Of course, over time and in this day and age, we can just say that those in love give each other roses (or some other flower), candy (usually chocolate), dinner, or some other gift to show their love to their partner.
However, what about those of us who do not have a ‘valentine’ in their lives? Do we feel left out? Do we give ourselves something to show how we love ourself? Do we even care?
As a child in school, we would create an ‘envelope’ of sorts, and tape it to our desks. On February 14, we would bring in Valentine’s Day cards and deposit them in the envelopes of our friends.
Since I wasn’t one of the more popular students in my classes, I didn’t really get a lot of these cards. Perhaps in those earlier years, it may have been embarrassing not to get as many as others, but there were always other students who got less than me, and in some cases, none. Looking back at some of those years and remembering, I really do feel sorry for those students, even though today, I cannot for the life of me, tell you who they were.
I noticed that people were calling this day, “Singles Awareness Day”. Okay, sounds like something Canada would come up with. Try to be as politically correct or neutral as possible, and try to involve everyone in the observance of this day.
It is not a national holiday, and therefore, we do not get the day off. However, I have noticed via the web, that countries around the world celebrate this day in different ways. If you wish to see how some countries celebrate, tap this link: http://www.novareinna.com/festive/valworld.html
Being in Taiwan, most people call this day “Lover’s Day” as there is a “Chinese” Valentine’s Day in July. Most of the students do have a name in Chinese for this day, but it is definitely not celebrated in the same way that we North Americans celebrate Valentine’s Day.
In doing a bit of searching on the internet, I also noticed another interesting thing about February 14. It is not only Valentine’s Day! There are other observances for this day.
In some cases, the observance was for this year (2011) only:
Clean out your computer Day (2nd Monday in February)
Ferris Wheel Day
Library Lovers Day
National Have a Heart Day
National Condom Day
World Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Day
League of Women Voters Day
National Women’s Heart Day
National Call In Single Day
Race Relations Day
National Donor Day
Quirky Alone Day
Westminster Dog Show
World Marriage Day
Also, WEEKLY observances, either ending, including, or beginning on February 14 include:
Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week
Risk Awareness Week
Love Makes the World Go Round; But, Laughter Keeps Us From Getting Dizzy Week
World Duchene Muscular Dystrophy Awareness Week
Celebration of Love Week
Children of Alcoholics Week
Random Acts of Kindness Week
International Flirting Week
National Secondhand Wardrobe Week
PTA Take Your Family to School Week
Alzheimer’s and Dementia Awareness Week
Love a Mench Week
National Condom Week
National Nestbox Week
NCCDP Alzheimer’s and Dementia Staff Education Week
And this doesn’t include the monthly observances. February may be the shortest month in the calendar year, but it is definitely not the quietest. Many of these observances, I can only guess, are American observances. Some may have been adopted in other countries, including Canada, but I have no idea which, if any.
Some are interesting, some are eye-openers, and some are, in my opinion, downright silly.
So, for those of you, who like myself, only thought February is the month of “Valentine’s Day”, now know something new.
Learning something new every day is a great way to know that you are still alive and kicking. I have definitely learned something new today!
That’s it, that’s all, for now…