- Valentine’s Day - 14th February
Day or Saint Valentine's Day is a holiday
celebrated all over the world on 14th
February. It is a day
of love, on which lovers express their
love, romance and affection for each other. It
is also a day for reaffirming one’s affection
stimulated by romance to husband / wife or to
boy friend / girl friend or former loves or dear
ones and exchanging gifts, Valentine's
cards, love notes, candy, flowers, heart shaped
confectionery, jewellery, the figure of the winged
Cupid and so on to them all in the name
-- "From Your
Also this is the day to say "I love you".
(Make your heart strong enough to hear a ‘NO'
for an answer!)
Cupid- ancient Romans considered cupid as the
God of love.
Other Valentine's Day symbols are Valentine's
Day Roses, Valentine’s Day Hearts, Lovebirds
& Doves, Love Knots, Valentines Day Lace
and so on.
There are many legends on Valentine's Day. One
legend says that Valentine was a priest who
was martyred for refusing to give up Christianity.
He died on February 14, 269 A.D.
Other story reveals that Valentine may have
been killed for attempting to help Christians
escape from Roman prisons where Christian believers
were often tortured.
Another but popular legend is Valentine actually
sent the first 'valentine' greeting himself.
While in prison, it is believed that Valentine
fell in love with a young girl, Jailor’s
daughter and written to her --- "From
Legends may be false or true but that is not
at all an important matter and what is important
is that this day helps and gives us an opportunity
to honour the noblest and the purest human expression,
LOVE and to celebrate its spirit
at its real sense.
Though there is little difference in Valentine’s
Day celebration in different countries the spirit
and essence of the celebration is same every
In Japan ladies and gents celebrate
valentine day on different dates. Ladies buy
chocolate for men on 14 February. The chocolate
is bought for friends and close relatives and
it has no romantic significance. The chocolate
“ hon-mei’ is specifically bought
for a boy friend, beloved or husband and is
a gift ‘sweetened’ by romance. After
one month on 14 March, it is the turn of the
men to give in return and express their love
and affection. It is called the White
Day, when men present gifts
of white chocolate to all the ladies who remembered
them on Valentines Day.
In United States, more importance
is given for greeting cards and its design,
wordings and the printing techniques are reaching
in to new height of novelty every year. American
greeting card companies manufacture approximately
$300 million worth of Valentines every year.
It is estimated that there are 2600 florists
nationwide to help both men and women to provide
the right flowers to send to loved ones. Valentine's
Day dinner and dance parties are organized all
over the country. Valentine's Day festival has
been commercialized to a great extent in US.
In United Kingdom, as the Valentines
Day approaches, all leading magazines will publish
sonnets and verses to commemorate St Valentine's
Day. In United States and United Kingdom, during
1800 s, the popular expression of 'Wearing one's
heart on one's sleeve’ and young men used
to write their girlfriend's name on their sleeves.
In India Valentines Day is
celebrated mostly by college students and youngsters
reside at cities and a recent phenomenon.. Gifting
and sending Valentines greetings are the main
activity. Recently jewelers introduced Valentine
gold ornaments viz. heart shaped pendants, rings,
ear rings, studs etc supported by mass advertisement
and heavy discounts, popularized Valentines
gifting amongst upper class couples.
In China people celebrate Valentine’s
Day on the 7th day of the 7th lunar month in
the Chinese calendar and is known as Qi Qiao
Jie. This day is also called the Begging
Festival, Festival of the Double Sevens'
or Qi Xi - ‘the
Night of Sevens' or Seven Sister's
Now a days in many countries, Valentine's Day
is regarded as festival that celebrates love
between individuals and not just lovers or partners.
People therefore wish ‘Happy Valentine's
Day' to parents, teachers, siblings,
friends or any other person who are special