Happy Valentine’s Day.
Its a holiday I rarely celebrate. When I was single, I used to find it a painful reminder of the fact I had no one to love, or who loved me. In the relationship I am in now, I find it unnecessary. We don’t need a special date in order to be romantic and celebrate our relationship.
But too many of our traditions are disappearing. I’ve been teaching my class about the multitude of Japanese festivals that are celebrated throughout the year. Setsubun was only a couple of weeks ago, Hinamatsuri is only a couple of weeks away, and Hanami is just around the corner. These are fun and important days. Each has its own traditions, decorations, songs and costumes. People look forward to them, they enrich people’s lives.
In our modern, western, secular culture we seem to have done away with many traditions that enrich our culture. I think that’s a shame and have decided I want to hang on to them.
And so with that in mind, I shall be celebrating with my partner tonight at our local French restaurant.
It should be a lovely evening.
How about you. Do you think it is important to preserve our festivals?