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Equating Valentine's Day with thoughts of doom and depression is so out of fashion that none of the single women - and men - are doing it at this day and age.
Instead of getting all depressed and moody at the mere mention of Valentine's Day, most single women are now embracing the day by celebrating their lives. They are beginning to approach the day with a light heart and are seeing it as a feel-good day.
The truth is, cursing the day because there is no lover to share it with would not change the price of bread. So, single women are using it to celebrate the many loves in their lives - like family and good friends.
They no longer feel embarrassed about being single, and are certainly not sold to the commercialised idea that the day should be romantic. While many hotels, restaurants, jewellers, and florists are running hot, and usually over-priced "specials" for men and women in love, single women are also climbing onto the bandwagon.
Not wanting to feel left out by these intimidating offers for lovebirds, single women are taking the opportunity to celebrate their independence. Today's single women are content, and are making the most of the situation while waiting for love to sweep them off their feet.
So sisters, do not despair today - and there is no need to hide either. Simply arrange to go out to dinner with your single friends, both male and female - and have fun. Who knows, you might just get lucky and find a companion within that mix ...
Valentine's Day history
There are varying opinions as to the origin of Valentine's Day.
Some "experts" state that it originated from St Valentine, a Roman who was martyred for refusing to give up Christianity. He died on February 14, 269 AD, the same day that had been devoted to love lotteries.
Legend also says that St Valentine left a farewell note for a jailer's daughter, who had become his friend, and signed it "From Your Valentine".
Other aspects of the story say that St Valentine served as a priest at a temple during the reign of Emperor Claudius. Claudius then had Valentine jailed for defying him. In 496 AD, Pope Gelasius set aside February 14 to honour St Valentine.
Gradually, February 14 became the date for exchanging love messages, and St Valentine became the patron saint of lovers.
(Additional information from saintvalentine.htm).