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  • I'm happy for you and all, but, uh, it's just odd to read in one of your journal entries, at the same time, a reference to your protestant faith, and a reference to a 100% roman catholic celebration (the day dedicated to St Valentine, saint of lovers). ;-)
    • > a 100% roman catholic celebration

      There's at least two VD holidays.

      Most major holidays have a commercial counterpart which happens on the same day of the original holiday, but is primarily concerned with the production/purchasing of mass-produced merchandise (particularly chocolate products in holiday-styled wrappers).

      • You mean, like Christmas ?
        • our local grocery store has a section for these holiday chocolates. It's never empty. Any time of year you can buy your familiar Dove chocolates, Reses peanut butter cups, York pepermint patties, or M and Ms in some 'special' seasonal wrapper. Right now, the section has 50% marked-down Valentine's candy, but I'm sure that once it's gone they'll have green shamrock wrappers around the same candies.

          At the same time, two rows over you can buy teddy bears with green scarfs instead of the pink ones they wore la
    • I didn't consider that to be a troll at all. On the contrary, I thank you for your candor.

      In the U.S., it's more and more common for Protestants to observe the Catholic holidays, either secularly or, increasingly, religiously. The Puritans and Separatists who formed the earliest New England colonies banned all of those holidays, but it didn't take. Nowadays, I even hear of Protestants observing Lent (which frustrates me to no end because of Colossians chapter 2).

      As pointed out rather humorously in an

      J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers
      • Thanks for your comments ! In fact it appears that I made a mistake : I didn't know that Valentine's day was a holiday in the US. It isn't in France, where nothing distinguishes the day of St Valentine from, say, the day of St Raphael (except that St Raphael isn't the saint of lovers). Hence, the implications are different : Valentine's day has no more (and no less) religious meaning than the average day of the year, and this meaning is strictly bound to the worshipping of saints (hence my remark about the
        • Glad you enjoyed the info. I figured you would find some of it interesting. I hadn't realized Valentine's Day wasn't elevated beyond an ordinary Saint's Day outside of the U.S. :)

          To sum up, the religious implications of holidays are tremendously variable here.

          The fact that many pagan deities have evolved into catholic saints is what I like to call the embrace-and-extend strategy of the church.

          lol, I was worried about saying anything quite that strong for fear of sounding like an anti-Catholic trol

          J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers