Passport to Poconos – Valentine’s day – Celebrating it Twice!

 

Dear friend,

 

It’s Valentine’s Day and it’s the first exciting and engaging event in the calendar after the Christmas holidays and halfway through winter. I feel this is part of what makes it so special.

 

 

Over the years I’ve heard some people loving Valentine’s Day and others thinking it’s just too commercial. My husband dislikes it.  I like it. “But do you remember how one year, you sent me flowers while I was in New York and you were overseas?” I asked?  “Ah, but that was when we were dating,” he answers. 

When I was in Spain, Valentine´s Day was perceived as an American festivity that celebrated romantic love. Once we adopted it,

businesses in Spain thrived on it. However, in the region where I come from, Catalonia, there is another similar celebration called St. Jordi (St. George´s Day), on April 23rd. Originally, on this day, a man gave his beloved one a red rose and she in return, would give him the gift of a book (a rose is for love and a book is forever). Now it has evolved into rose and book giving from not only lovers but friends and businesses too. Everyone gets something; you can expect your bank to give you a rose or a book. 

As far as I remember, it has never rained this day and it’s a joy to walk around the streets of Barcelona filled with people, roses and books. This is a special time that I miss not being there. Now I celebrate both: Valentine’s Day and St. Jordi with the group called Friends of Catalonia in New York City. We have a free event with books, food, roses and activities for children.

Maybe books for Valentine’s Day in America is a good idea, and more roses as well. Everywhere I turn, the symbol of Valentine´s Day seems to be red paper hearts. My beautician confessed to me recently that many women get a ‘wax job’ with a heart shape’ for Valentine´s Day. She starts by drawing the shape with a pen and then applying the wax and ripping it off. I hope it works for them.

 

The most creative gift I got for my husband was a dinner with raviolis that were shaped like hearts.  

 

“Love and appreciation should go around the clock” my husband says every year, “it’s not only one day ”. “Okay, “ I reply, “ but sometimes we’re so consumed by daily life that this day is an occasion to let each other know how much you care,” I answer.

 

So with a book, a candle, a heart shaped ravioli or any creative things you come out with, I hope all of you make the most of this holiday that is full of good intentions. It´s never too late to show love and appreciation.

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