The Valentine’s Day You Never Knew About
Who knew Saint Valentine would have a day or even an entire season (of love) dedicated to him? Well if you’re thinking White Valentine’s Day on 14th March, I applaud your general knowledge, except you’re only half right.
Did you know the 14th of every month actually has a Valentine’s related notion behind it? Well if you don’t already know, here they are from January to December: Candle Day, Valentine’s Day, White Day, Black Day, Rose Day, Kiss Day, Silver Day, Green Day, Music Day, Wine Day, Movie Day, and Hug Day. Each of these days hold their own meaning and I shall leave it to your own curiosity to explore. While these days are rather obscure in Singapore (with the exception of Valentine’s Day of course), they are commonly celebrated in other Asian countries like Korea.
So there you go girls, more reasons to ask your boyfriends for presents. As for the guys, well just hope your girlfriends don’t read this.
The recent rise of NUS confessions has also piqued the interest of many. I’ll be the first to admit that I am an avid fan of the Facebook page and it is almost the new 9gag for me. During the period of Valentine’s Day, there were so many confessions up on the page that slowly led to dating advice, strangers asking other strangers out, and anonymous confessions that would supposedly lead to ones in real life if the admin posts them onto the page. What a site, or sight, really.
Interestingly, a recent article by
The Straits Times reported that 6 in 10 undergraduates in NUS are single. Are
we too busy to seek love? Do we just not bother? Or is it that we simply lack the courage to pursue it? Surely I do not work for the Social Development Unit of Singapore (SDU), but the
fact that the majority of undergraduates here are single seems quite sad to me. It is almost as if academics, stress and competitiveness are taking precedence over the building of the future family. You do know that there’s a saying that goes around claiming that it’s going to be really hard finding a partner after you leave university, right? No wonder Singapore’s fertility rate is so low.
I do hope that with the development of new cultures NUS Confessions has brought about such as sharing food in lecture halls and hitchhiking, the change will soon come too when it comes to actual love confessions. Guys today really need the push don’t they? (I honestly don’t get how guts come from semi-anonymous users online but anyway it’s all good so I’m not complaining.)
All of us eventually have to find love somehow. Perhaps the different Valentine’s Day of each month would serve
as a good guide. Some say love finds us, but if we all have the same notion in mind, who is going to find who?Tags: Lifestyle, Think Tank