Originally Posted by why
The only reason something has some significance is because someone finds it significant. That's why Christians don't celebrate Hanukkah, Brits don't celebrate Independence Day, and why flights to Brazil right now are more expensive. If someone finds giving a Saint's day whereof they know nothing to be significant, then let them celebrate. For a lot of those people it's an excuse to give each other crappy chocolates and go to overpriced, overcrowded restaurants.
Right, but there is a difference between holidays that are significant because of some significant historical event and holidays that are significant because they were dragged into significance by marketers who wanted to sell roses and power tools.
The marketers may not have been the originators of these days, but they are the reason they are celebrated today.
Fathers day was started by some people who heard about mothers day and figured that there were other groups being left out who should have their own day too. Woodrow Wilson wanted to make it an official holiday, but congress said no because they thought it would just get commercialized (lol, like that would ever happen). If it weren't for the marketers, Father's day would be as obscure as "Grandparent's Day"
Valentine's day is a little more "real", but has basically become another hallmark holiday...the tradition of writing baller paper valentines ended 100+ years ago and now its just mass produced ninja turtle cards (and schools that require kids to give a valentine to everyone in their class) and chocolate and roses.
I'm still cool with having a day to think about love and an excuse to go overboard, but if I'm not with someone, I couldn't give 2 shits about valentines day and would just ignore it like it wasn't there. I'm not going to forget about christmas or thanksgiving or the 4th and if I skip them, I will feel shitty about it because they are real holidays.