This article was originally posted on February 7, 2011. And, it still rings true. Valentine’s Day is a hoax.
Ask anyone, “Why do we celebrate Valentine’s Day?” and most people do not know the answer. And no, love is not the reason that the holiday was founded. Now ask some of your closest friends the same question. If you are extremely lucky 1 out of 10 of your friends will know the correct answer. But, chances are that no one will be able to give you a direct answer about the day that we spend hours getting ready for and millions of dollars celebrating. That is because Valentine’s Day is a farce. It is a fake holiday drummed up by retailers to get people to spend money unnecessarily. And, no man in this country is excited about the impending date when they will pony up countless dollars to appease the women in their lives.
There is no logical reason for men to celebrate this day. Valentine’s Day is full of overpriced stores and elevated expectations for guys. But, women make out like bandits. Ladies get to dress up, buy a new outfit, and be pampered for another random day. They already have Mother’s Day, Christmas, and their birthdays, but, apparently, that is not enough (yes, men have Father’s Day, Christmas, and birthdays too, but no one cares about dads and brothers). When the 14th of February arrives, men know that they will have to buy flowers and a card for their girlfriend and their mother. If these men are smart, then they will buy flowers or a card for their boss too, assuming that the boss is a woman. And, after all that we have to get ready for the big night. That means getting a haircut and buying a new outfit (we do not necessarily enjoy these activities) before splurging on an expensive dinner. With flowers, cards, clothes, and dinner, a guy could spend $200-$500 without knowing the reason behind the holiday. Valentine’s Day is like paying a hooker double for free services (in this case, the hooker is not mom). There is absolutely no benefit to Valentine’s Day for a man. He does not get a day off of work. He does not get a gift. And, if he shows up empty-handed, he will not get any hot, steamy extra-curricular activities either.
Retail stores and their suppliers make enormous amounts of money peddling this pseudo-holiday. Grocery stores devote entire racks to specialty cards. Pharmacies sacrifice entire aisles to all the candy, Cupid, and cards. Clothing stores bring in local florists with exotic arrangements to coax dollars out of unsuspecting consumers (men). According to the U.S. based National Retail Foundation, retailers are estimated to make $3.5 billion this year. That figure excludes all the aforementioned Valentine’s Day paraphernalia. How many men are getting diamonds this year? Everyone wins on this holiday except guys.
Valentine’s Day is a big hoax. The nation is fooling us into buying products by selling us images of love and romance. Even the real story of St. Valentine is less romantic than the tripe that the media feeds us. The story of St. Valentine is one of rebellion. He was a priest that defied the Roman emperor, Claudius Gothicus, by aiding and marrying young, Christian couples in love. He was beaten, stoned, and beheaded. That is not exactly the picture of love that the public is being fed by the media. Valentine’s Day is a fraudulent holiday.