Once more, that day when everybody would love to be in a couple… or not, is coming closer.
As many of the festivities that we nowadays enjoy, Valentine’s Day has a pagan and a religious origin . The pagan origin dates back to years before 496 A.D. when the back then Pope, wanted to forbid the celebration called Lupercalia, women that offered themselves to be struck with whips by young naked men, believing this ritual would give them fertility. In the Christian calendar, this day was dedicated to Saint Valentine, but just many years after, that same day started to be considered the lovers day.
There are many other theories about this date and the reason why Saint Valentine became the lovers’ patron saint, but the truth is that its commercial origin dates back to the middle of the XIX Century, when the post card production in line, specific for that day, started in US. That’s how this festivity became popular.
Unfortunately, today Valentine’s Day has turned into a too commercial and consumerist festivity, where it seems mandatory to spend money in something. Since I became quite anti-consumerist, I’m always more and more disappointed when I see the delirium of that day.
But the truth is that I’m a fan of the lovers’ day and it’s not because there’s need for a day to commemorate it, but because it is important to remember how beautiful love is.
Most of the Valentine’s Days I passed in my live, were without a couple, and maybe would be kind of spontaneous to question yourself: “Why do you like this day then?” It’s simple, because I consider that even without having someone to love, it’s essential to celebrate love. And because love it’s not just what others give to you, it’s as well the love you give yourself.
Having said this, what would be Valentine’s Day without hearts? Last year I wrote quite a kitsch post, 10 brunch recipes for Valentine’s Day and 4 DIY decoration ideas.
I included in that list one recipe that inspired me to do create these fruit skewers that I present you today.
I will celebrate my Valentine’s Day preparing myself a healthy brunch with lots of hearts, including these fruit skewers, just because, like in that famous ad in Spain: “Because I’m worth it!”
And you? What are your plans for Valentine’s Day?