Can you feel it? It’s February and love is in the air. I’m not quite sure why, but February is the most romantic month of the year. Of course it has a lot to do with Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, but why February?
I mean there’s not only Valentine’s Day, but February is also An Affair to Remember Month, Creative Romance Month, National Weddings Month and the third week is International Flirting Week. And, the 14th is also World Marriage Day! Some folks even like to celebrate the 14th as Singles Awareness Day
February is also significant for Black History Month and American Heart Month and contains Ground Hog Day, Super Bowl Sunday, Chinese New Years, Mardi Gras, Ash Wednesday, Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday, President’s Day, George Washington’s Birthday, Academy Awards Night, and this year it’s Leap Year, so we even have an extra day this month. That’s a lot of big days!
And speaking of big days, there’s also a few dog days, like Love Your Pet Day (Feb. 20), Walking the Dog Day, (Feb. 22) and International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day (Feb. 23), although I think those should all be celebrated every day, don’t you think?
So my problem, or I should say, “our” problem because my three siblings, Lulu, Hugo and Geno, are also part of this deal, is what to do for Mom for Valentine’s Day. We could make her breakfast in bed but I think Dad’s got that covered. We could go for the usual roses and chocolates, but I’m still too young to have a credit card. Or cash for that matter.
And I know champagne will be involved so, we can cross that off the list too.
So I think what we’ll do is be on our best behavior on Valentine’s Day, stay out of Mom’s way, don’t beg (too much) and in general try to stay out of trouble. If possible.
I was still curious about Valentine’s Day and how it all got started, so I had a friend look it up for me — I am a French bulldog after all. Turns out it’s a lot more complicated and cloudier than it looks. There are a lot of theories out there.
But it seems the roots are in the ancient Roman festival of Lupercalia, a fertility celebration commemorated every Feb. 15. But some guy named Pope Gelasius I changed this pagan festival into a Christian feast day around 496, which is along time ago, and declared Feb. 14 to be St. Valentine’s Day.
My friend also tells me that it wasn’t until the 14th, which is also a long time ago, when a writer named Chaucer put Valentine’s Day and romance together when he wrote a poem for the engagement of a king and queen.
And the whole gift-giving and card-sending part of Valentine’s Day didn’t become common until the 18th century and not until the 1850s in America. We were a little slow to catch on.
But we sure know how to catch up: 25% of all cards sent each year are valentines, that’s about 150 million Valentine’s Day cards every year. That’s only second to Christmas!
The point is, there’s a lot to celebrate this month, so go fly a kite (Feb. 8), make a friend (Feb. 11), do a grouch a favor (Feb. 16), tell a fairy tale (Feb. 26) and perform a random act of kindness (Feb. 17). Happy February!