Hello, keen bloggers of the blogosphere. I realise that yesterday was Valentine’s day and that everyone used this opportunity for the person they love (even if it is a capitalist motion, out to extort people in the name of love.. I mean why do you even need a specific day of the year to do something nice for the person you love?!?! I supose everyone reading this will say that I have been single every Valentine’s day.. well they would be right. I have. But, I can still realise the farce behind the holiday!)
Anyway, with that rant over, this piece that I do on ‘the special day’ may seem contradictory to my actual feelings. However, not to use the word lightly, I LOVE the way that the Finns celebrate ‘Friend Day’ (direct translation). Because it describes how it should be. I love my friends. The very best friends stay with you for life. Whereas, partners will come and go. So on Friend Day, the Finns tend to do something nice for the friends that they care about!
With that in mind, me and my friends in Finland decided to do a big dinner for all of us, in which everybody contributed, by either making a dessert or savoury meal (some made both) or for those who couldn’t or didn’t have the guts to cook (hehehe) bought some drinks for the rest of us. The food was amazingly good! In quality AND quantity! We still have enough for another dinner. Mainly desserts, which is unfortunate or fortunate depending how you look at it. I made banoffee pie, which went down a treat with everybody. There was rice salad, pasta gratin, lasagne, japanese style chicken, chocolate pie, lemon pie, pancakes and lots of chocolate bars. All washed down with coke, juice and beer! It truly was an extraordinary meal. And a great time to just sit down and chat with friends. Of course, we all had food babies by the end of it, but it was totally worth it.
This all comes recently after #raknominations. I wish to talk about this as the concept is similar to Friend Day. I don’t know if you have all heard about these awful #neknominations that have been occurring across the global facebook community, in which friends nominate each other to do stupid dares which involve downing stupid amounts of drink concoctions. Anyway, a few people in Britain have died giving into this kind of peer pressure. And in response to these idiotic activities, #raknominations appeared to use the power of social network to get people to do random acts of kindness instead. On Tuesday, I cooked dal (a lentil curry) for my friends. The day after that, my friend wrote us all love notes and gave us chocolates. The day after that, my friends cooked us a german apple-chocolate tiramisu pudding and did the dishes for us. With these acts of kindness, I feel it is a good way to beat off the stupidity of #neknominations.
Which means, that this week has been a very friend-oriented week. And it has gone very smoothly. I couldn’t have asked for a better week, and only hope that people take these holidays or challenges to do something nice for WHOEVER you love.
Peace out xxxxxx