St. Skeletor’s Day is celebrated annually on February 15, the day after Valentine’s Day. It’s a day for those who hate love. Okay, fine: maybe not hate, but you know what we mean. Valentine’s Day can be extra annoying when you’re single. We’ve all been there — single and irritated by the sight of red and pink hearts, couples doing gushy things, or anything related to love. St. Skeletor’s Day is a day for you to vent
History of St. Skeletor's Day
Valentine’s Day, or St. Valentine’s Day, is celebrated on February 14 every year. It was originally meant to be a day honoring two Christian martyrs named Valentine, but it eventually came to be known as a day of romance and love. Although there is no evidence of Valentine’s Day being a celebration of love, the earliest record of the same comes from Chaucer’s poem “Valentine’s Day”.
As the day made its way around the world, people began exchanging handwritten love notes. These rapidly grew in popularity, and printers began producing mechanical valentines such as a collection of doodles and love notes. This further turned into greeting cards, gifts, flowers, and before you know it, Valentine’s Day became commercialized. Companies like Cadbury and Hallmark recognized the business opportunity and established themselves as key players in this holiday.
It’s all cute and lovable if you have someone to love and be loved by; however, Valentine’s Day is anything but pleasant when you’re single. No one wants to be surrounded by overpriced teddy bears, couples indulging in heavy P.D.A., and everything dressed up in red and pink packaging. Every V-Day reference is a reminder of how single you are and nobody enjoys that. This is where St. Skeletor’s Day comes in. In 1998, comedian Richard Herring recognized the need for singles to have a day to peacefully hate love, and St. Skeletor’s Day provides the opportunity to do just that. It is named after Skeletor, an antagonist of the Masters of the Universe franchise, and is observed every year on February 15.
St. Skeletor's Day timeline
Pope Gelasius I establishes the feast on February 14 honoring St. Valentine.
Chaucer writes the poem associating V-Day with love.
60,000 valentine cards are sent in the U.K.
Richard Herring dedicates February 15 to the destruction of love.
St. Skeletor's Day FAQs
Who was St. Skeletor?
St. Skeletor is a fictional character created by Mattel. He is the villain against He-Man.
Who is Richard Herring?
Herring is an English standup comedian. He created St. Skeletor’s Day.
Is St. Skeletor’s Day a public holiday?
No, St. Skeletor’s Day is not a public holiday. Regular business hours are followed.
St. Skeletor's Day Activities
Host a St. Skeletor’s Day party
Who says this needs to be a day of sadness? Gather your friends and family and host a party! Decorate it with anything but red and hearts, and organize fun activities such as destroying a heart pinata.
Share break-up stories
Whether it is with your single friends or with strangers online, share your break-up and dating horror stories, and take time out to read those of other people. You’ll realize that you're not alone, and maybe even come out of it feeling grateful to be single.
Send St. Skeletor’s Day cards
Why should couples have all the fun? Send funny St. Skeletor’s Day cards to other friends, or maybe even send some playful letters to people you hate (like your mushiest couple friends).
5 Ways In Which Singles Are Winning
You sleep better
As per the Better Sleep Council, single people sleep better through the night and wake up well-rested.
You pick everything
What show to watch, what song to listen to, what to eat for dinner — the choice is always yours.
You can have fun
Wanna hook up with a random cutie at the bar? Sure. Can't help but flirt with that one hottie neighbor? Go for it. You’re free to explore different connections without guilt.
You can prioritize your career
The world job market is your oyster and you can follow your dreams without a major distraction, compromise, or restriction involving a partner.
Your other relationships get stronger
Unlike the newlywed effect of distancing, single people are able to build and grow better friendships and relationships with family.
Why We Love St. Skeletor's Day
Everyone needs a day
Sure, it is important to be patient and find happiness in the joy of others. But to be honest, there is nothing wrong with taking one day to feel your feels. St. Skeletor’s Day allows singles to truly experience and express their emotions without judgment.
It creates a community
It can often be lonely to see everyone around you with their significant other, and it can feel as though you were the only one alone. Seeing others celebrate St. Skeletor’s Day creates a sense of community and highlights that so many people are in the same boat.
It’s a funny holiday
Dedicating a day to the 'destruction of love' is a funny way to make light of an otherwise sad day. It obviously does not encourage real harm to anyone. It just helps people find humor in loneliness.
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